Sherri Widen, Ph.D.

Sherri Widen, Ph.D.

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Sherri Widen, Ph.D., is an associate research scientist for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. At the Center, she works on testing Preschool RULER, an approach to early childhood education that integrates emotional intelligence into the lives of children, teachers, administrators, and family members. Sherri also leads the Center’s assessment project which designs assessment tools and practices to measure the impacts of RULER from preschool through high school for practitioners and researchers. Sherri brings her expertise on children’s understanding of emotion to each of these projects. Sherri has an innovative perspective on children’s emotional development, positing that children have a fundamentally different way of understanding emotions than adults. Her research helps the Center address children’s developmental needs appropriately. She holds a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Boston College.