Lori Nathanson, Ph.D.

Lori Nathanson, Ph.D.

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Lori Nathanson, Ph.D., is director of partnerships for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychology. Lori develops and nurtures partnerships with youth-serving organizations, which advances the Center’s strategy to teach emotional intelligence beyond RULER’s reach in PreK-12 schools. By partnering with organizations like Year Up and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, together we engage adults and youth in emotional intelligence skill-building and creating supportive, learning-rich environments with novel applications of the RULER Anchor Tools. Prior to leading partnerships, Lori served as the director of research from 2013-2015 and was responsible for shaping the Center’s research agenda, expanding the research portfolio, and supporting the Center’s team of researchers. Lori’s research focuses on social and emotional learning (SEL) with an emphasis on school-based intervention development, implementation, and evaluation.

Lori is a Duke Blue Devil first and University of Virginia Wahoo second. For her undergraduate degree, Lori created a personalized program of study combining psychology, education, and policy at Duke University (BA, 2001). She continued with interdisciplinary studies for her doctorate in Risk and Prevention in Education Sciences as an IES predoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia (PhD, 2009). As a Yale postdoctoral fellow, she implemented and studied RULER at New Line Learning in Maidstone, England. Between her postdoc and returning to the Center, Lori contributed to the Research Alliance for NYC Schools at NYU’s development as a non-partisan research organization and conducted research on high school choice, improving the NYC School Survey, and evaluating college readiness programs in NYC.