Michael J. Strambler PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Dr. Strambler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of California at Berkeley where he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Rhona Weinstein. Following his graduate training, he conducted his predoctoral internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing his internship, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rush Neurobehavioral Center with funding from the William T. Grant Foundation. He completed his postdoctoral training at The Consultation Center within the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale School of Medicine with support from the Ford Foundation. Dr. Strambler began his faculty career as an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale and has been an Assistant Professor since 2014.

One general area of Dr. Strambler’s work concerns understanding the role of social environments in the academic, psychological, social, and behavioral well-being of children and youth in urban contexts. His main focus in this area is on the ways in which home and school settings shape how youth perceive themselves academically and how self-perception affects academic performance and behavior. Another primary area of work focuses on the assessment of school-based programs and practices for the purpose of improving the academic performance and health of children. He is particularly interested in the design and implementation of rigorous and practical approaches to using data for informing practice and policy.


Education & Training

Ph.D.
University of California at Berkeley (2007)
Psychology Intern
University of Illinois Chicago, Psychiatry (Institute for Juvenile Research) (2006 - 2007)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rush University Medical Center, Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (2007 - 2008)
Postdoctoral Associate
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry (2008 - 2010)

Honors & Recognition

  • Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Early Career Grant
    American Psychological Foundation (2012)
  • Postdoctoral Award
    Ford Foundation (2009)
  • Junior Scholar Mentee Award
    W.T. Grant Foundation (2007)
  • Predoctoral Award
    Ford Foundation (2002)

Professional Service

  • Grant Reviewer, United Way of Greater New Haven (07/12/2012 - 09/05/2012)
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Journal of Community Psychology
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, Early Education and Development
  • Manuscript Editor, Sage Open
  • Editorial Board, Journal of School Psychology

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