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Marc Brackett

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.  His research focuses on how emotional intelligence impacts one’s quality of life, including mental health, relationships, and academic/work performance, and on the effectiveness of district-wide SEL interventions. He is the author of more than 70 scholarly publications and six social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, and has developed The RULER Approach to teaching SEL, which posits that teaching children how to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate emotions contributes to their personal and academic success. Over 50,000 educators and hundreds of thousands of students have benefitted from his team’s SEL programs, and much of his research is being extended to different cultures, including England and Spain.


In 2009 he was the recipient of the Joseph E. Zins Award for Early Career Contributions to Research on SEL. He has served as Chairperson of the AERA’s Social and Emotional Learning Special Interest Group and is a member of both CASEL’s Research Advisory and Program Provider Groups.

For more information, please visit his research website