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Christina Cipriano, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Christina Cipriano, PhD

Mailing Address

  • 350 George Street

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



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. Dr. Cipriano is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, and her research focuses on social and emotional learning in the service of marginalized student and teacher populations through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes. Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience working in classrooms with traditionally under-served student and teacher populations, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students. Dr. Cipriano directs a team of student and faculty researchers committed to improving outcomes for students and teachers in classrooms serving students with diverse learning needs and designs and maintains large-scale basic and applied research studies on: emotions, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional learning, including longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials. She is the PI of several funded research to practice projects and regularly disseminates her science in both academic journals and professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service educators and school personnel. A first-generation high school graduate and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Dr. Cipriano received her Ph.D. from Boston College Lynch School of Education, her Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice from the Boston College Law School, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Hofstra University Honors College. She currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and is the mother of four beautiful children who inspire her daily to take the moon and make it shine for everyone. You can learn more about Chris at

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Boston College, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (2011)

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