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James Floman, PhD

Associate Research Scientist



Dr. James L. Floman is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He received his PhD at the University of British Columbia, where he studied the effects of mindfulness and compassion meditation on teacher emotion regulation and prosocial behavior with Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. He received his MA in Psychology at Rutgers University, where he studied appraisal theory and discrete positive emotions with Dr. Ira Roseman.

Dr. Floman has three core research streams: 1) The assessment of dynamic social-affective processes (i.e., developing and validating EI and well-being measurement tools); 2) EI, mindfulness, and well-being training (i.e., developing, optimizing, and scaling EI and well-being-enhancement interventions for real-world applications); and 3) Affective neuroscience (studying mental training-induced changes in ‘emotional brain’ function and structure).

Dr. Floman’s research aims to foster healthy developmental trajectories in adults facing high emotional labor by drawing on innovations from psychology, affective science, education, philosophy, and neuroscience. Dr. Floman can be reached at

Education & Training

  • PhD
    UBC, Human Development (2018)
  • MA
    Rutgers University, Psychology (2012)

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