Predoctoral Fellowship Program in SEL Research

In partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and NoVo Foundation, this fellowship offers to prepare the next generation of scholars to advance the field of social and emotional learning (SEL). In this capacity, they will work with leading researchers and practitioners to:

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative school-based programs that promote social and emotional development of all students
    • Conduct interdisciplinary research on social and emotional factors that enhance preschool through high school students’ positive development and school performance
    • Create SEL student learning standards, assessment tools, and systems
    • Establish school-family partnerships to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic learning
    • Collaborate with educational leaders and practitioners to support policies and practices that improve urban education in Chicago and nationwide
    • During the Fall 2013 semester, Amy Mart and Roberto Rivera were co-instructors for Psychology 424: Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy. We are pleased to share the course syllabus: Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Amy Mart

Amy is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies Community and Prevention Research under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Weissberg. She has worked with CASEL and the SEL Research Group since 2009. Her work focuses on understanding how programs and practices that support SEL can be embedded in the work of educators and the organizational context of schools and districts. Before coming to UIC, Amy worked as a third grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools through a partnership with Teach for America. She has also worked as a youth counselor, providing individual and family therapy for adolescents and facilitating school-based violence prevention programs. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Education in Human Development Counseling from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera is a predoctoral graduate student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is working at CASEL and is studying SEL’s intersection with culturally relevant pedagogy and youth voice. Roberto received his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison where he created his own major entitled “Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts.” He received his Masters at UIC in Youth Development with a focus on Social Justice, Urban Education, and Hip-hop. He is a Co-Founder of the Good Life Organization, an organization that publishes multi-media educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents in connecting positive youth development to community development. Roberto is dedicated to making the movement of SEL available to both students and community members and is helping to construct a national alliance of organizations demonstrating best practice of SEL and Youth Voice. He is currently fulfilling his dream in receiving his PhD in educational psychology studying SEL, a field he fell in love with while reading Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence in 2001. Roberto is also a husband, father and social entrepreneur.