Professor and Director, Rutgers SEL Lab
Organization: Rutgers University
Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.. is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, a Past President of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of APA and Director of the Rutgers Social- Emotional Learning Lab and Rutgers’ Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service. A Founding Member of the Leadership Team for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (www.CASEL.org), he is a recipient of the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning. Among Dr. Elias’ books are ASCD’s Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades k-3), The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom (Corwin Press, 2006), Bullying, victimization, bullying, and peer harassment: A handbook of prevention and Intervention (Taylor & Francis, 2007), Urban Dreams: Stories of Hope, Character, and Resilience (2008, Hamilton Books), and the new e-book, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting. ). Forthcoming is a Laminated Guide, with Marvin Berkowitze, for School Leaders and Leadership Teams on creating excellence in social-emotional competence and schools of character (www.nprinc.com) He collaborated with storytellers in the U.S. and Israel, and a prominent Israeli School Psychologist, to create a book for young children: Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com, 2012). He is a licensed psychologist in NJ (#1705) and a book for young children: Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com, 2012). With colleagues at the College of St. Elizabeth, he has developed an online credentialing program for Direct Instruction of Social-Emotional and Character Development programs in classroom, small group, and after school settings (sel.rutgers.edu), and for School-Focused Coordination of Social-Emotional and Character Development and School Culture and Climate (SELinSchools.org). He also writes a blog for educators and parents for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at www.edutopia.org/user/67.