Hi, I'm Chris.

My applied work models trajectories for our most vulnerable student populations and builds, informs, and evaluates structures to systematically improve them through evidence-based practice. In this era of educational accountability, our lowest achieving students and the teachers who educate them are often left behind.  Factors that place students at-risk for diminished psychosocial health, achievement, and economic outcomes are often complex and difficult to change. However, a standardized evaluation tool and targeted, evidence- based social-emotional learning training of educators working with these under-served student populations, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and youth involved in the juvenile justice systems has potential to optimize developmental trajectories. 



Together, we can do better. 

Christina Cipriano, Ph.D. is Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Research Scientist at the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Cipriano is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, and her research focuses on serving vulnerable youth through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes. Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience working in classrooms with traditionally underserved student and teacher populations, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students. Dr. Cipriano directs a team of student and faculty researchers committed to improving outcomes for students and teachers in classrooms serving students with diverse learning needs and designs and maintains large-scale basic and applied research studies on: emotions, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional learning, including longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials. She is the Principle Investigator of several funded research to practice projects and regularly disseminate her science in both academic journals and professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service educators and school personnel. A Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Dr. Cipriano received her Ph.D. from Boston College Lynch School of Education, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Hofstra University Honors College.
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