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Christina Cipriano, PhD, MEd

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Director, The Education Collaboratory at Yale

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Christina Cipriano, PhD, MEd

Research Summary

Dr. Cipriano’s research focuses on the systematic examination 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, including longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials. Dr. Cipriano is the PI and Director of numerous major grants supporting the development and validation of SEL assessments, classroom observation practices, and SEL evaluation and efficacy trials. Dr. Cipriano received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and undergraduate degree from Hofstra University. Dr. Cipriano is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and the mother of four beautiful children who inspire her every day to take the moon and make it shine for everyone. You can learn more about her work @drchriscip and


Research Interests

Behavior; Child Development; Emotions; Psychology, Educational; Adolescent Development; Resilience, Psychological

Selected Publications