Christina Cipriano, Ph.D.


Dr. Cipriano is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, and her research focuses on social and emotional learning in the service of traditionally under-served student and teacher populations through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes. 

Chris is recognized as a national expert in SEL and classroom observation methodologies and has extensive experience working in classrooms with marginalized populations, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students.
Dr. Cipriano is the Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and she 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. and a Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice from the Boston College Lynch School of Education, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Hofstra University Honors College. Dr. Cipriano currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Teachstone and Transforming Education.
Chris is the mother of four beautiful children who inspire her each day to take the moon and make it shine for everyone.