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Lauren Hunter Naples, EdD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center



Lauren Hunter Naples, Ed.D., is an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center in the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her research focuses broadly on the development of social and emotional skills to enhance student well-being among children with diverse learning needs. Her recent projects have involved designing, implementing, and evaluating a positive psychology intervention program for fostering gratitude, optimism, persistence, and zest among young students with social cognition challenges. Lauren is also interested in using design-based mixed methods research to investigate the psychometric properties and socioecological validity of assessment tools targeting student well-being and social and emotional health in elementary school settings.

Lauren joined the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence after receiving an Ed.D. in special education and disability studies, with a concentration in translational neuroscience, from the George Washington University. Lauren is nationally board-certified as a mental health counselor specializing in play therapy with an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she holds a B.S. in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work at the YCEI focuses on collaborating within research-practice partnerships to develop and adapt strengths-based strategies that promote access to effective SEL instruction for the widest range of student diversity. Lauren is passionate about engaging in participatory action research to co-create communities of inclusion that encourage all students to grow and thrive in school and life.

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