Dr. Brackett is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is also the Deputy Director of Yale’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory and Head of the Emotional Intelligence Unit in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 60 scholarly publications, including six social and emotional learning programs for students, teachers, and administrators. He codeveloped the RULER model of emotional literacy, which posits that teaching children and adults to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate emotions contributes to positive development.
Dr. Brackett’s current research focuses on measuring emotion-based skills and their links to later life outcomes, including relationship quality, mental health, and academic/work performance. He has received over $2 million in grants to study the impact of his team’s social and emotional learning programs on students’, educators’, and administrators’ personal and professional lives.
Awards and Credentials
- Chair, American Education Research Association Special Interest Group: Social and Emotional Learning, 2009-2010
- Joseph E. Zins Award for Early Career Contributions to Research on Social and Emotional Learning, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), 2009
- Award for Excellence in Research, MENSA Education and Research Foundation, 2004
Recommended Reading List
- Emotional Literacy in the Classroom: Upper Elementary. Brackett, M. A., et al. (2009). National Professional Resources.
- "Measuring Emotional Intelligence as a Mental Ability in Adults and Children." Rivers, S.E., et al. (2008). Handbook of personality theory and testing. Sage.
- "A Sustainable, Skill-based Model to Building Emotionally Literate Schools." Brackett, M.A., et al. (2009). Handbook of Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence: Best Practices, Case Studies, and Tools. Wiley.