Author: Stern, R.

A sustainable skill based approach to developing emotionally literate schools

Center Authors: Brackett, M. A., Stern, R., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N. A., Salovey, P.


This chapter addresses the need for emotionally literate schools, importance of emotional literacy for students, teachers, and school leaders, and implementation plan for schools.

Brackett, M. A., Patti, J., Stern, R., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N. A., Chisholm, C., & Salovey, P. (2009). A sustainable, skill-based approach to building emotionally literate schools.  In M. Hughes, H. L. Thompson, & J. B. Terrell (Eds.), The handbook for developing emotional and social intelligence: Best practices, case studies, and strategies (pp.329-358). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer/John Wiley & Sons.

Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention

Center Authors: Stern, R.


This article provides an overview of current thinking about gratitude’s defining and beneficial properties, followed by a brief review of the research on mental health outcomes that result from gratitude practice. Following an analysis of a case study of the use of gratitude as a psychotherapeutic intervention, the authors present various self-strategies and techniques for consciously choosing and cultivating gratitude. The paper concludes by describing ways in which gratitude might be capitalized upon for beneficial outcomes in therapeutic settings.

Emmons, R. A., & Stern, R. (2013). Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(8), 846-855. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22020