MAURICE ELIAS, PH.D.

Co-Director, Academy for SEL; Professor of Psychology, Rutgers; Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab; Director, Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service

Maurice Elias is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and Academic Director of The Collaborative, Rutgers’ Center for Community-Based Research and Service. He is Past President of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of APA and has received the SCRA Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring Awards, as well as APA’s National Psychological Consultants to Management Award, the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the John P. McGovern Medal from the American School Health Association, and the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.

Dr. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development. A recent recipient of the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, among Dr. Elias’ numerous books are ASCD’s Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades k-8, the new e-book, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting (via Kindle and Nook) and a book for young children: Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com, 2012). Dr. Elias writes a blog for the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia Website.


SENIOR research associates

  • Gwyne White
  • Cesalie Stepney

Consulting field experts

  • Brian Eichert
  • Natalie Smith
  • Phil Landicho
  • Nina Franza
  • Samantha Kifer

Recent Graduate StudenTs

  • Jazmin Reyes
  • Dominic Moceri

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Danielle Hatchimonji- SECD Lab Associate Director
  • Arielle Linsky- MOSAIC Project Director
  • Samuel Nayman
  • Ava Lorenzo
  • Emily Morgan
  • Kellie McClain- MOSAIC Curriculum Consultant
  • Easton Gaines
  • Erica Pawlo
  • Crystal Molyneaux

LAB COORDINATORS

  • Sarah Kim
  • Sarah DeMarchena

Research Assistants

  • manda Luchun
  • Nicholas Migliaccio
  • Hyejin Park
  • Rebecca Revilla
  • Melanie Siegel
  • Jonathan Crupi
  • Catherine Adelhoch
  • Frank Policatri
  • Anam Ahsan
  • Jessica Krass
  • Aditi Poddar
  • Amber Jenkins
  • Cynthia-Catherine George
  • Sabrina Suleiman
  • Adriann Lai
  • Basya Ehrman
  • Bushra Hasan
  • Brinea Osborne 
Dr. Elias with 2015-2016 Graduate Students, Lab Coordinators, and Research Assistants

Dr. Elias with 2015-2016 Graduate Students, Lab Coordinators, and Research Assistants