George Lucas Educational Foundation

Marc Brackett

Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, PhD, author of Permission to Feel, is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor at the Child Study Center at Yale University. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1,500 public, charter, and private schools (preschool to grade 12) across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sri Lanka. Marc regularly consults with large companies, including Facebook and Google, on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design.