Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, Deputy Director of Yale’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, and Head of the Emotional Intelligence Unit in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Dr. Brackett is an author on more than 80 scholarly publications, including six social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. He is the lead developer of The RULER Approach to SEL (“RULER”), which posits that teaching children and the adults involved in their education the RULER skills (Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating) contributes to personal well being, engaging learning environments, and both greater academic achievement and workplace performance.
Dr. Brackett’s grant-funded research focuses on (a) the performance-based measurement of emotion skills, (b) the mechanisms by which emotion skills are linked to important life outcomes, including relationship quality, mental health, academic achievement, and success in the workplace, and (c) the impact of SEL training on student, teacher, and leader effectiveness. Much of his research is being extended to different cultures, including England, Spain, Italy, and Australia, and China. Dr. Brackett teaches two courses on emotional intelligence, one for undergraduates at Yale University and the other for aspiring school leaders at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was the 2009 recipient of the Joseph E. Zins Award for Early Career Contributions to Research on SEL. He is a member of both CASEL’s Research Advisory and Program Provider Groups.
Dr. Brackett regularly applies his research and programs in the field by consulting with both school systems on best practices for integrating SEL and corporations on SEL-based leadership development. Tens of thousands of educators have benefited from his SEL programs, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and their families. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.
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