The Origins of SEL, Its Evolution, and Today’s Work in the Field with Dr. Maurice Elias

Show Notes

On this episode of Grow Kinder, host Andrea Lovanhill is joined by special guest host Joan Cole Duffell, our executive director at Committee for Children. Together they chat with Dr. Maurice Elias, professor of psychology at Rutgers University, about his work in social-emotional learning (SEL), which spans over four decades. As director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, Dr. Elias has made SEL the foundation of his research, clinical studies, and advocacy work, all of which support students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development.

Learn more about the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab at and read Dr. Elias’s blog posts on the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia website.