Maurice J. Elias is a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and academic director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers. He is past president of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of the APA and has received the SCRA Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring Awards, as well as APA’s National Psychological Consultants to Management Award.
Prof. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development. He is a recent recipient of the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. Among Dr. Elias’s numerous books are ASCD’s Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades K–8, the new e-book Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and a book for young children called Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children.
With colleagues at the College of St. Elizabeth, he is developing an online credentialing program for direct instruction of social-emotional and character development programs in classroom, small group, and after school settings, and for school-focused coordination of social-emotional and character development and school culture and climate.