Lori Nathanson
Director of Research


  • Assessment
  • Urban education

Lori Nathanson is director of research for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychology. Nathanson’s research focuses on developing effective measures of social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and implementation fidelity for school-based SEL interventions, including the center’s premier program, RULER. Nathanson is responsible for shaping the center’s research agenda, expanding the research portfolio, and supporting the center’s team of researchers. Nathanson received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia as an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) fellow. As a Yale postdoctoral fellow, she implemented and studied RULER at New Line Learning in Maidstone, England. Between her postdoc and returning to the center, Nathanson contributed to the Research Alliance for NYC Schools at New York University’s development as a non-partisan research organization and conducted research on high school choice, improving the NYC School Survey, and evaluating college readiness programs in New York City.