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Michael Strambler, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Child Wellbeing and Education Research

Contact Information

Michael Strambler, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    The Consultation Center, 389 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



I direct Child Wellbeing and Education Research at The Consultation Center at Yale, where I also serve as a Senior Evaluation Consultant for YaleEval. My work encompasses three main themes. The first theme focuses on early childhood care and learning, examining factors and practices in childcare, educational, and home settings that impact young children’s development, learning, and pre-academic outcomes.

The second theme centers on psychosocial wellbeing, particularly social and emotional learning (SEL), which involves acquiring intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills such as self-control and managing interpersonal conflict.

The third theme addresses the sociopolitics of health and education, aiming to understand how sociopolitical factors shape the delivery of healthcare and education, and how these dynamics can both benefit and hinder positive outcomes for patients and students.

Much of my work occurs in the context of partnerships between researchers and practitioners. One such project I direct is the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER;, a research-practice partnership between three Connecticut communities.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and conducted my predoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing this fellowship, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rush Neurobehavioral Center with funding from the William T. Grant Foundation. I completed my postdoctoral training at The Consultation Center at Yale within the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale School of Medicine with support from the Ford Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Yale School of Medicine (2010)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Rush University Medical Center (2008)
  • PhD
    University of California at Berkeley (2007)
  • Psychology Fellow
    University of Illinois Chicago (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Early Career GrantAmerican Psychological Foundation2012
Postdoctoral AwardFord Foundation2009
Junior Scholar Mentee AwardW.T. Grant Foundation2007
Predoctoral AwardFord Foundation2002

Professional Service

United Way of Greater New HavenGrant reviewer for Kids Succeed Grants2012
American Journal of Community PsychologyAd-hoc Reviewer
Journal of Research on AdolescenceAd-Hoc Reviewer
Early Education and DevelopmentAd-hoc Reviewer
Sage OpenManuscript Reviewer
Journal of School PsychologyReviewer

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