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Christina Cipriano, PhD

Assistant Professor

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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 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 has a wealth of project management experience as the PI and Director of numerous major foundation and federal grants supporting the development and validation of SEL assessments, interventions, evaluations, systematic reviews, and efficacy trials. 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, Teachstone, and Transforming Education, 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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