Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D.

Professor | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership at The University of British Columbia

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor at the University of British Columbia. She received her B.Sc. in Education from Illinois State University, her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, and completed her postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Schonert-Reichl worked as middle school teacher and then as a teacher at an alternative high school for “at risk” adolescents.

Known as a renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research focuses on identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency in children and adolescents. Dr. Schonert-Reichl serves as an advisor to the British Columbia Ministry Education on the development and implementation of the redesign of the Curriculum and Assessment Framework that will include a focus on the promotion of students’ personal and social competencies; an Expert Advisor to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) longitudinal study of social and emotional skills, an Advisory Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Research Group, and an advisor to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Over the past several years Dr. Schonert-Reichl has received several awards for her work and has authored over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness-based education. She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences. She is the author of a recent co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) and published by Springer Press titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.”