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Craig S. Bailey, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center; Director of Early Childhood, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Child Study Center



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 Center for Emotional Intelligence
    Yale University (2016)
  • PhD
    George Mason University, Applied Developmental Psychology (2014)
  • BS
    South Dakota State University, Psychology (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Reviewers for Yale University in PsychologyPublons2022
Top ReviewerEarly Education & Development2020
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood InnovatorPromise Venture Studio2020
Top Reviewers for Yale University in Social SciencesPublons2020
Postdoctoral Research Associate Research AwardYale University2017
Postdoctoral Scholars Travel Fund AwardYale University2015
Student Travel AwardSociety for Research in Child Development2013
Applied Developmental Psychology Outstanding Doctoral Student AwardGeorge Mason University2013
Graduate FellowshipGeorge Mason University2009
Branum Faculty Recognition AwardSouth Dakota State University2006
Dean’s ListSouth Dakota State University2004

Professional Service

Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research AssociationSIG-Early Education and Child Development2022 - Present
Psychology in the SchoolsReviewer2022
Yale Child Study CenterMember, Network & Outreach Committee Meeting2022 - Present
PLOS OneReviewer2021 - 2022
Developmental PsychologyReviewer2021
Mental Health & PreventionReviewer2021
Yale Center for Emotional IntelligenceDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Steering Committee2021 - Present
Yale Center for Emotional IntelligenceDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Process Checklist Sub-committee2021 - Present
Institute for Education SciencesEarly Intervention and Early Childhood Education Research Scientific Review Panel2021 - Present
Christian Community ActionBoard Member2021 - Present
Christian Community ActionOrganizational Advancement Task Force2021 - Present
Society for Research in Child Development Biannual MeetingEmotions Pre-Conference2021 - Present
Yale Center for Emotional IntelligenceDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Demographics Sub-committee2020 - 2021
European Journal of Psychology of EducationReviewer2019
Journal of Practitioner ResearchReviewer2018
International Journal of Child Care and Education PolicyReviewer2018
Bridgeport Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning InitiativeSteering Committee2018 - Present
Journal of Applied Developmental PsychologyReviewer2017 - 2020
Review of Educational ResearchReviewer2017
Research Advisory Board, Sesame WorkshopMember2017
Global Advisory Council, Joy Inc - Present
Social DevelopmentReviewer2016 - 2021
Assessment Workgroup, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - 2019
Mind, Brain, and EducationReviewer2016 - 2017
School Psychology at Oxford University PressReviewer2016
International Journal of Behavioral DevelopmentReviewer2016
Child DevelopmentReviewer2016
British Journal of Educational PsychologyReviewer2016
EmotionReviewer2015 - 2021
Preschool Advisory Board, GreatSchools.orgMember2015 - 2016
SAGE OpenAssociate Editor2015
Early Education and DevelopmentReviewer2015 - Present
Society for Research in Child Development Biannual MeetingSocial, Emotional, Personality Panel2014 - Present
The Journal of Genetic PsychologyReviewer2014 - 2016
NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood FieldReviewer2013 - 2018
Psychological AssessmentReviewer2012
Early Child Research QuarterlyReviewer2012
Journal of School PsychologyReviewer2010 - 2021
American Psychological Association Annual ConferenceReviewer2010 - 2016

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