Craig S. Bailey, PhD

Associate Research Scientist; Director of Early Childhood, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Departments & Organizations

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence


Craig S. Bailey, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Scientist and the Director of Early Childhood at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Craig and his team facilitate professional development workshops for the RULER Approach with early childhood educators, develop content for practicing and teaching emotional intelligence, and conduct psychological, educational, and intervention research. He works closely with state and national organizations as well as school districts and networks tasked with integrating social and emotional learning into early childhood education. 

Craig's research explores children’s social and emotional learning in early childhood classrooms with an emphasis on how teachers support and promote the development of empathy and emotion regulation. With experience as an early childhood educator, Craig is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice. In addition to his work at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Craig consults on many initiatives, most prominently as the Director of Measurement and Evaluation for Think Equal, a member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Assessment Workgroup, and a Research Advisor for Sesame Workshop. He is also a proud father of two young children.

Craig earned his B.S. in psychology from South Dakota State University and his doctorate in applied developmental psychology from George Mason University.

Education & Training

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


  • Bridgeport Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Steering Committee Bridgeport, United States (2018)


  • Golda Och Academy Parent Program West Orange, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • Hartford’s Early Childhood Workforce Development Initiative Annual Conference Hartford, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Head Start and Early Learning Division Bridgeport, United States (2018 - 2018)

  • Think Equal Nairobi, Kenya; Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka; Edmonton, Canada; Gaborone, Botswana; New Delhi, India; London, United Kingdom; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore, Singapore (2016)

    Think Equal Pilot

  • Bridgeport Public Schools Bridgeport, United States (2016 - 2016)

    Trained RULER Implementation Teams in the Bridgeport Public Schools district, Bridgeport, CT

  • Academy School District 20, Colorado Srpings, CO 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, Norwalk, CT Norwalk, United States (2016 - 2017)

    Trained RULER Implementation Teams at nine schools schools in Norwalk, CT receiving School Readiness funding.

  • Brass City Charter School, Waterbury, CT Waterbury, United States (2016 - 2017)

    Trained school staff at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, CT.

  • Horace Mann Nursery School, New York City, NY New York, United States (2016 - 2017)

    Trained school staff at Horace Mann Nursery School, New York City, NY

  • Norwalk Family Child Care Providers Norwalk, United States (2016 - 2017)

    Trained Norwalk family childcare providers in Norwalk, CT

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Craig S. Bailey, PhD
Office Location
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence340 Edwards Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Curriculum Vitae

RULER for Early Childhood