Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She began her professional career first as a middle school teacher and then as a high school teacher for youth “at risk.” For over 20 years she has been conducting research in the area of the child and adolescent social and emotional learning (SEL) and development.
Dr. Shelley Hymel
Dr. Shelley Hymel is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education. Her research addresses the interface of social and academic functioning in school-age children, with the goal of understanding the processes involved in youth social development and using this information to develop effective means of supporting high-risk youth in educational settings.
M. Jennifer Kitil holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Development, Learning and Culture at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests involve the application of the contemplative arts to promote social and emotional competencies in youth.
Michelle Sipl holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Human Development, Learning and Culture with a concentration in Social and Emotional Learning. She also holds a Montessori certificate in early childhood education. Michelle has over 10 years experience in teaching, school administration and educational consulting.
Maria LeRose holds a Masters of Education in Human, Development, Learning and Culture with a special concentration in Social and Emotional Learning from the University of British Columbia. Prior to returning to Graduate School, Maria spent three decades as a television and educational video producer, communications consultant and live events designer and moderator.
Jackie Davis holds a Masters degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she coined the term developmental circus arts as the theory and practice of using circus for physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development in young people. She is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program researching circus arts in youth development.
Zuhra Teja holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University, and a teacher education degree and MA in Special Education from the University of British Columbia. She begins her PhD in School Psychology at UC Berkeley shortly. As an elementary teacher and consultant, she has introduced SEL to classrooms in British Columbia and conflict/post-conflict areas of Central and South Asia.
Lina Sweiss holds a B.A. in Psychology and Justice Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, a M.A. in Social Science with a Human Development concentration from University of Chicago and is working towards a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at University of British Columbia. Her research interests are in finding ways to promote positive after school programs to enhance youth’s well-being.
James Floman holds an M.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. James investigates the dynamic relationships between emotion and cognition and their influence on teaching and learning at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Marc Brackett. James is also a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia studying school interventions that enhance emotion regulation and prosocial behavior with Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.
Jenna Whitehead holds a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is working towards a Masters in Human Development Learning and Culture at UBC. Her professional background includes Human Resources and she will be continuing on in academia, starting her Ph.D. in 2013, which will focus on the social and emotional development of students and teachers.
Sarah Joosse holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and will soon earn her Masters Degree in Human, Development, Learning and Culture with a special concentration in Social and Emotional Learning from the University of British Columbia. Currently, Sarah works as a research assistant, tutors elementary and middle school students, and supports local school districts with social and emotional learning initiatives.