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Maurice Elias


Maurice J. Elias, PhD is a professor in the psychology department at Rutgers University and director of clinical PhD training. Other positions include:

  • Academic director of The Collaborative, Rutgers' Center for Community Based Research, Service, & Public Scholarship (http://engage.rutgers.edu); 
  • Past president of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division 27 (Community Psychology) of the American Psychological Association; 
  • Co-founder of the Consortium on the School-Based Promotion of Social Competence, a research consortium comprised of nationally prominent scientists;
  • Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab (http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~melias/);
  • Coordinator of Improving School Climate for Academic and Life Success (ISCALS) at Rutgers’ Center for Applied Psychology;
  • Founding member of the leadership team for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL (http://casel.org).

The focus of Elias’ work is on establishing the field of prevention, school-based preventive intervention, and social competence promotion as a credible, important, and rigorous area of research, practice, and public policy.  With colleagues at CASEL, Elias was senior author of Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, which is already circulated to over 100,000 educational leaders in the U.S. and internationally.

Elias lectures nationally and internationally, has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, is frequently sought out as an expert in magazines and newspapers, and devotes his research and writing to the area of social-emotional and character development in children, schools, and families. In addition to professional publications, he has written an award-winning weekly parenting column and several books, including Emotionally Intelligent Parenting (2000); Engaging the Resistant Child Through Computers: A Manual to Facilitate Social and Emotional Learning (2001); Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention (2003); the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving Curricula for Elementary and Middle School Students (2006); The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom (2006); Bullying, Victimization, Bullying, and Peer Harassment: A Handbook of Prevention and Intervention (2007); Urban Dreams: Stories of Hope, Character, and Resilience (2008); Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (2012); and The Other Side of the Report Card:  Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development (2016).

He is also author of the laminated reference guide School Climate: Building Safe, Supportive, and Engaging Classrooms and Schools and Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and Character by National Professional Resources, Inc./Dude Publishing, and appears in the classic professional development video, Optimizing Intelligences: Thinking, Emotion & Creativity.

Elias writes a blog on Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, edutopia, at http://www.edutopia.org/user/67

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