Our Team

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Director | Email

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also a senior research scientist in psychology and faculty fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. He co-created RULER and has developed two university courses on emotional intelligence. Marc is a recipient of the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning. His grant-funded   read more

Susan Rivers, Ph.D.

Susan Rivers, Ph.D.

Deputy Director | Email

Susan Rivers, Ph.D., is deputy director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a research scientist in the Department of Psychology. She received her B.A. from Skidmore College and her M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale. Susan’s research draws from social and health psychology to examine the conditions that promote and impede healthy living across the lifespan. Her primary research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in   read more

Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Associate Director | Email

Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. Robin holds a doctorate in applied psychology from New York University and a postdoctoral certificate in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She is on the faculty of   read more

Peter Salovey, Ph.D.

Peter Salovey, Ph.D.

President of Yale University and Founder of the Health, Emotion, & Behavior Laboratory

Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. His presidential term began in July 2013. Prior to becoming president, Salovey served as the provost of Yale University from 2008 to 2013. Other leadership roles at Yale have included: chair of the Department of Psychology from 2000 to 2003; dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and 2004; and dean of Yale College from 2004   read more

Jim Hagen, Ph.D.

Jim Hagen, Ph.D.

Director for Advancement | Email

Jim Hagen, Ph.D., is the director for advancement for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He develops the strategic partnerships needed to expand the scope and scale of Center research, evaluation, and programming. Jim holds a B.A. from Whitman College, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University and the University of   read more

Lori Nathanson, Ph.D.

Lori Nathanson, Ph.D.

Director of Research | Email

Lori Nathanson, Ph.D., is director of research for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychology. Lori’s research focuses on developing effective measures of social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and implementation fidelity, especially for school-based interventions. Her experience with RULER as a postdoctoral fellow and her research interests position her to contribute to   read more

Miriam Schroers, M.A.T.

Miriam Schroers, M.A.T.

Director of Communications | Email

Miriam Schroers is the director of communications for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is responsible for the Center’s identity, communications strategy, and technology initiatives. With over 15 years of experience, Miriam is an accomplished new media specialist with expertise in user experience, project management, and client relations. Miriam began her career as a website producer and program manager in Seattle. She managed   read more

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.

Associate Director of School Initiatives | Email

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the Associate Director of School Initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College, her M.S.Ed. from Pace University, and her M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dena oversees training and coaching initiatives at the Center. Prior to her work at the Center, she served as an educator, teacher educator, diversity trainer, and curriculum   read more

Michelle Albright, Ph.D.

Michelle Albright, Ph.D.

Consultant | Email

Michelle Albright, Ph.D., is a consultant at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. For the past twenty years, Michelle has developed, implemented, and evaluated programs to enhance children’s cognitive, physical, social, and educational development across the country. She strives to educate children in the broadest sense of the word, helping them develop the competence and confidence to succeed in education, relationships, and career. Her   read more

Craig Bailey, Ph.D.

postdoctoral research associate | Email

Craig S. Bailey, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He works on the Preschool RULER project, which helps early childhood education programs teach young children and the adults involved in their education the social and emotional skills that contribute to social and academic success. Craig’s research specializes in children’s social and emotional learning in early-childhood classrooms, with   read more

Tia Barnes, Ph.D.

postdoctoral research associate | Email

Tia Navelene Barnes, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a member of Yale’s Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project, which studies classrooms that serve students with diverse learning needs. Tia’s primary research focuses on prevention of and intervention in emotional and behavioral disorders in school-aged children. In addition, she is interested in creating and   read more

Elise Bausseron, M.Sc

Elise Bausseron, M.Sc

Research Affiliate | Email

Elise Bausseron, M.Sc., is a research affiliate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and has previously served as a visiting assistant in research (2010) and a postgraduate fellow (2011). During her previous visits at the Center, Elise contributed to various projects including the RULER Feeling Words Curriculum and a book chapter on the link between emotion and cognition. Currently, she assists the research team in keeping abreast of   read more

Michelle Bertoli, M.A.

Michelle Bertoli, M.A.

Manager, High School RULER | Email

Michelle Bertoli, M.A., is the manager of the High School RULER curriculum development project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Michelle has contributed to various aspects of the Center’s emotional intelligence research, programming efforts, and health communications research initiatives since 2009. Previously, she served as project coordinator for Yale’s Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project, which   read more

Marcy Boyd, M.S.

Marcy Boyd, M.S.

Consultant and Coach | Email

Marcy Boyd, M.S., is a consultant and coach for the Preschool RULER project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Marcy has over 13 years of experience in the field of education, ranging from developing and teaching environmental education classes to teaching middle school general science. Prior to joining the Preschool RULER team, Marcy developed early childhood curricula and taught preschool-age children. In all of her work with   read more

Bonnie Brown, M.S. Ed.

Bonnie Brown, M.S. Ed.

Senior Consultant | Email

Bonnie Brown, M.S. Ed., is a senior consultant for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a career educator who served for over 30 years in the New York City Department of Education and adjoining school districts. She specializes in working with children who have cognitive, sensory, emotional, and learning challenges. Until her retirement in 2010, Bonnie served as superintendent of District 75 in New York City, which serves 23,000   read more

David Caruso, Ph.D.

David Caruso, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate | Email

David Caruso, Ph.D., is a management psychologist who develops and conducts emotional intelligence training around the world. He is the special assistant to the dean of Yale College. David received a Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development predoctoral fellow. He was then awarded a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship and spent two years as a   read more

Christina Cipriano Crowe, Ph.D.

Christina Cipriano Crowe, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email

Christina Cipriano Crowe, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is the project director for Yale’s Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project, which looks at classrooms that serve students with various learning needs. Additionally, she is conducting research on adolescent transitions to middle school to better understand the effect of classroom quality on positive   read more

Diana Divecha, Ph.D.

Diana Divecha, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate | Email

Diana Divecha, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and research affiliate with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  She collaborates with Center researchers on RULER’s approach to bullying prevention, as well as on thought leadership and informing public opinion on the relevance of emotional intelligence. Diana served on the psychology faculty of Sonoma State University in northern California where she co-founded and chaired the   read more

Marina Ebert, M.A.

Marina Ebert, M.A.

Research Assistant | Email

Marina Ebert, M.A., is a research assistant working on several projects to investigate the role of emotional intelligence in social and academic functioning, creativity, and psychological well-being in school-age children. Prior to starting her work at the Center, Marina was involved in several research projects studying emotions, resilience, and personal relationships at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the University of New   read more

Nicole Elbertson

Nicole Elbertson

RULER training manager | Email

Nicole (Nikki) Elbertson is the RULER training manager for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In various research and project management roles at the Center for over 12 years, she has managed and coordinated several projects focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of RULER. Nicole has contributed to the design and publication of the Center’s research studies, and she is the co-author of several scholarly articles,   read more

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.

High School RULER Director | Email

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., is the High School RULER Director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In this role, she guides the development of high school RULER to include principles and tools from K-8 RULER as well as from evidence-based counseling practices. Claudia brings over 10 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor, and administrator. She earned her B.A. from Villanova University, then taught   read more

Kate Hathaway

Kate Hathaway

Training and Education Coordinator | Email

Kate Hathaway, is training and education coordinator at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Kate comes to the Center from Yale Conferences and Events, where she served as program director for several of the University’s summer programs. Kate works closely with the director of education and training, providing development and planning support for the Center’s many RULER trainings. She also provides key support to the RULER Leadership   read more

Jessica Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Jessica Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email

Jessica Hoffmann, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is currently contributing to the Center’s Emotion, Creativity and the Arts project, supported by the Botin Foundation. Jessica’s research interests focus on how engagement in the creative arts can enhance people’s emotional intelligence and subsequent creativity. Jessica has experience working within school settings to develop   read more

Kathryn Lee, M.A.

Kathryn Lee, M.A.

Project Director | Email

Kathryn Lee, M.A., is the Project Director of RULER for Families, which explores emotional skill building in the home as well as innovative pathways for developing partnerships between families and schools. Among the projects in development are an emotionally intelligent workshop series, dynamic online resources for families, and an online guide for schools to direct their family engagement efforts. Kathryn is longtime advocate for “real world   read more

Monika Lohani, Ph.D.

postdoctoral research associate | Email

Monika Lohani, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She investigates: (1) efficient ways to manage ongoing social and personal crises; (2) intervention programs for emotional health; (3) the effects and mechanisms of contemplative practices on emotional and cognitive functioning in healthy and clinical populations; and (4) individual and group differences in socioemotional cognition. At the   read more

Marissa McCoy, M.A.

Marissa McCoy, M.A.

Research Assistant | Email

Marissa McCoy, M.A., is a research assistant for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. At the Center, Marissa is part of the Recognizing Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELATE) Project team, which serves students with special learning needs. She also works on a project that aims to use emerging technologies, such as virtual worlds and gaming, to teach emotional intelligence. Marissa comes to the Center from New York University where   read more

Elisabeth O’Bryon, Ph.D.

Elisabeth O’Bryon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email

Elisabeth O’Bryon, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is also the project manager for Preschool RULER. In that capacity, she is working to extend family and community involvement by examining how families, schools, and communities can collaborate to promote social-emotional skill development in early childhood. Elisabeth has experience providing school psychological services to   read more

Svea Olsen

Svea Olsen

Research Assistant | Email

Svea Olsen is a research assistant for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She works on Preschool RULER, observing preschool classrooms, performing one-on-one assessments, and collecting data. She specializes in working with Spanish-speaking children and adults. Svea earned her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, with an additional focus on Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies. She is interested in English as a Second   read more

Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel

Operations Manager | Email

Sneha Patel is the Operations Manager at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She received her B.E in biomedical and instrumentation engineering from North Gujrat University, India in 2007, and M.S. In Health Service Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2009.  At the Center, Sneha manages a wide range of administrative and fiscal responsibilities including facilities and human resources. Sneha is a steering committee member   read more

Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D.

Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist | Email

Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is an associate research scientist for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, received her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, and did postdoctoral work at the Interpersonal Communication and Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University. Zorana’s research interests involve creativity and emotions, self-concept of ability   read more

Mrinalini Rao, Ph.D.

Mrinalini Rao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email

Mrinalini A. Rao, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Mrinalini’s research experience and interests lie at the intersection of developmental, counseling, and clinical psychology. Her research focuses on the developmental impact of interpersonal violence and aggression among adolescents, the prevention of interpersonal violence, and the promotion of positive youth development. Mrinalini is   read more

Kate Rozen

executive assistant | Email

Kate Rozen is the executive assistant to the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  She joined the Center in 2014, after working in corporate law for over ten years.  Kate engages in strategic planning, manages communications and relationships, and provides high-level administrative support for the daily operations of the Director’s office.  Kate also is a former member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven where she   read more

Sharon Shapses, M.S.

Sharon Shapses, M.S.

Preschool RULER Consultant | Email

Sharon Shapses, M.S., is a Preschool RULER consultant for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She holds a M.S in early childhood from Bank Street College of Education, as well as a certificate in coaching from New York University. For more than 35 years in the field of early childhood development and education, Sharon has served as a parent cooperative preschool director, parent educator, adjunct assistant professor, and instructional   read more

Caitlin Sneeden

postgraduate research associate | Email

Caitlin Sneeden is a postgraduate research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. As a member of the Preschool RULER Development Project, Caitlin helps with direct child assessments, classroom observations, and coding while supporting the program’s implementation and development. In Innovations in Skill-Building, she helps collect data and coordinate participant visits. Caitlin is interested in finding ways to foster emotional   read more

Michael Strambler, Ph.D.

Michael Strambler, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist | Email

Michael J. Strambler, Ph.D. is an associate research scientist at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and is based at The Consultation Center in New Haven, CT. A main aspect of his research centers on how home and school environments shape students’ emotional and psychological investment in academics and such investment impacts their academic and social-emotional wellbeing. Along with Lance Linke, Mike co-directs a collaborative   read more

Benjamin Toll, Ph.D.

Benjamin Toll, Ph.D.

Director of the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Research Program | Email

Benjamin Toll, Ph.D., is the director of the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Research Program at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, a member of Yale Cancer Center, and the program director of the Smoking Cessation Service for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Benjamin has a long-standing collaboration with other Center team members   read more

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist | Email

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Yale Child Study Center. She holds undergraduate degrees in music and psychology from the University of Washington, an M.S. in family studies and human services from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in human development and family sciences from Oregon State University. At the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Shauna is   read more

Catalina Torrente, Ph.D.

Catalina Torrente, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email

Catalina Torrente, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her research interests center on identifying effective ways to support vulnerable children’s positive development through evidence-based school interventions. At the Center, she is currently working to create and pilot a set of assessment tools to map the development of emotional intelligence in school-aged youth. Prior to coming to   read more

Sherri Widen, Ph.D.

Sherri Widen, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist | Email

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   read more