Molly Lawlor, Ph.D.

Principal Scientific Advisor


Molly Stewart Lawlor, Ph.D., is an expert in child and adolescent social and emotional development. Dr. Lawlor’s research includes the investigation of mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents, and evaluations of social-emotional learning programs for children and adolescents in school settings. She is lead author and serves as the Director for Curriculum and Research for the MindUP program (, an evidence-based social emotional learning program grounded in neuroscience. Dr. Lawlor is also an advisor to children’s media projects including Peabody award-winning Stillwater (Apple TV), the award-winning Scout and the Gumboot Kids (Canadian Broadcasting Company), and Committee for Children’s Mind Yeti, a guided mindfulness app. Molly is passionate about bringing research to practice in order to make social emotional learning and contemplative practice accessible for all children and their adults.