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Craig S. Bailey, PhD

Assistant Professor; Director of Early Childhood, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence



Craig S. Bailey, Ph.D., is Director of Early Childhood at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Assistant Professor at the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine. As a co-developer of RULER, Dr. Bailey and his team facilitate professional development workshops and develop content for practicing and teaching emotional intelligence. As a researcher, Dr. Bailey conducts psychological, educational, and intervention research, and in general, his research explores children’s social and emotional learning in early childhood classrooms with an emphasis on how educators support and promote the development of empathy and emotion regulation.

With experience as an early childhood educator, Dr. Bailey is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice, and in Connecticut, he is the PI on several community-based researcher-to-practitioner partnerships funded by local community and family foundations. The Bridgeport Early Childhood SEL Initiative, funded by the Tauck Family Foundation, and the Hartford Early Childhood SEL Initiative, funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, are tasked with ensuring coordinated, high-quality SEL programming and supports for the early childhood educators, young children, and families in and around.

With federal funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, Dr. Bailey is also the PI of an efficacy trial of RULER in preschool settings (#R305A180293) and Co-PI of a grant developing and validating the Social and Emotional Learning Observation Checklist for Elementary School (SELOC-ES; #R305A210262). Dr. Bailey serves as a consultant for numerous initiatives and organizations, most notably for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. At home, Dr. Bailey is a proud father of three young children.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Yale University (2016)
  • PhD
    George Mason University, Applied Developmental Psychology (2014)
  • BS
    South Dakota State University, Psychology (2009)


  • Connecticut RULER Implementation Conference
    West Haven, United States 2019
  • New York City District 30 (RULER)
    New York, United States 2019
  • Bridgeport Family Childcare Providers (RULER)
    Bridgeport, United States 2019
  • Bridgeport Early Childhood Leadership Development Institute (RULER)
    Bridgeport, United States (2018-2019)
  • Gan Yeladim Preschool
    Stamford, United States 2018
  • Bridgeport Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Steering Committee
    Bridgeport, United States 2018
  • Golda Och Academy Parent Program
    West Orange, United States 2018
  • Hartford’s Early Childhood Workforce Development Initiative Annual Conference
    Hartford, United States 2018
  • Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Head Start and Early Learning Division
    Bridgeport, United States 2018
  • New York City District 8 (RULER)
    New York, United States 2018
  • Stamford Family Childcare Providers (RULER)
    Stamford, United States (2017-2018)
  • Wesleyan Kindergarten Kickstart
    Middletown, United States 2017
  • Think Equal
    Nairobi, Kenya; Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka; Edmonton, Canada; Gaborone, Botswana; New Delhi, India; London, United Kingdom; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore, Singapore; Brisbane, Australia (2016-2019)
    Think Equal Pilot
  • Bridgeport Public Schools (RULER)
    Bridgeport, United States 2016
    Trained RULER Implementation Teams in the Bridgeport Public Schools district, Bridgeport, CT
  • Academy School District 20 (RULER)
    Colorado Springs, United States (2016-2017)
    Trained pre-k teachers at nine schools in the Academy School District 20, Colorado Srpings, CO
  • Norwalk School Readiness Program (RULER)
    Norwalk, United States (2016-2017)
    Trained RULER Implementation Teams at nine schools schools in Norwalk, CT receiving School Readiness funding.
  • Brass City Charter School (RULER)
    Waterbury, United States (2016-2017)
    Trained school staff at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, CT.
  • Horace Mann Nursery School (RULER)
    New York, United States (2016-2017)
    Trained school staff at Horace Mann Nursery School, New York City, NY
  • Norwalk Family Child Care Providers (RULER)
    Norwalk, United States (2016-2017)
    Trained Norwalk family childcare providers in Norwalk, CT
  • Area Cooperative Educational Services Mill Road School Preschool
    North Haven, United States 2016
  • Bridgeport Public Schools, Pre-K–8 (RULER)
    Bridgeport, United States 2016
  • Norwalk Community College Child Development Lab School (RULER)
    Norwalk, United States 2016
  • New Haven Public Schools Head Start (RULER)
    New Haven, United States (2015-2016)
  • Childcare Learning Centers of Fairfield County (RULER)
    Stamford, United States (2014-2018)
  • Friends Center for Children (RULER)
    New Haven, United States (2014-2018)
  • School for Young Children (RULER)
    West Hartford, United States (2014-2017)
  • Early Learning Center at Gateway Community College (RULER)
    New Haven, United States (2014-2016)
  • Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center (RULER)
    New Haven, United States (2014-2015)
  • Knight Hall School (RULER)
    West Hartford, United States (2014-2015)
  • Montessori School on Edgewood (RULER)
    New Haven, United States 2014

Professional Service

European Journal of Psychology of EducationReviewer2019 - Present
Journal of Practitioner ResearchReviewer2018
International Journal of Child Care and Education PolicyReviewer2018
Review of Educational ResearchReviewer2017
Journal of Applied Developmental PsychologyReviewer2017
School Psychology at Oxford University PressReviewer2016
Mind, Brain, and EducationReviewer2016
International Journal of Behavioral DevelopmentReviewer2016
Child DevelopmentReviewer2016
British Journal of Educational PsychologyReviewer2016
Social DevelopmentReviewer2016 - Present
EmotionReviewer2015 - 2016
SAGE OpenAssociate Editor2015
International Journal of Behavioral DevelopmentReviewer2015
Early Education and DevelopmentReviewer2015 - Present
The Journal of Genetic PsychologyReviewer2014 - 2016
Society for Research in Child Development Biannual MeetingReviewer2014
NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood FieldReviewer2013 - 2018
Psychological AssessmentReviewer2012
Early Child Research QuarterlyReviewer2012
American Psychological Association Annual ConferenceReviewer2010 - 2016
Journal of School PsychologyReviewer2010

Departments & Organizations