A video interview with

Christina Cipriano

Yale Child Study Center

Christina Cipriano, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and is the Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI). Dr. Cipriano is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist. Her research focuses on the role of social and emotional learning (SEL) in the promotion of pathways to optimal developmental outcomes for traditionally marginalized student and teacher populations.

Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience working in classrooms and schools, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students. As the Director of Research at the YCEI, Dr. Cipriano oversees, designs, and maintains large-scale basic and applied research studies on: emotions, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional learning. A first-generation high school graduate and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Dr. Cipriano received her Ph.D. from Boston College Lynch School of Education. Learn more about Dr. Cipriano ›

Additional resources

Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress 

A course designed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to help school staff better manage their emotions and create supportive learning environments for students.


RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER supports entire school communities in:

  • Understanding the value of emotions
  • Building the skills of emotional intelligence
  • Creating and maintaining a positive school climate
  • Over 3,000 schools in 27 countries have adopted the RULER approach. 

The State of Evidence for Social and Emotional Learning: A Contemporary Meta-Analysis of Universal School-Based SEL

This systematic review and meta-analysis provides an assessment of the current evidence for universal school-based (USB) social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


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