Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence


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Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. Marc has published 175 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Good Morning America. He serves on board of directors of the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Mental Health Coalition’s program board, and the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, founded by Selena Gomez. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by 5000 schools across the globe. He also is the co-founder of OjiLifeLab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. With Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann, Marc co-created HowWeFeel, a free Apple award-winning app designed to enhance well-being. Marc is the author of the bestselling book, Permission to Feel, now in 23 languages. 

Marc’s mission is to educate the world about the value of emotions and the skills associated with using them wisely. “I want everyone to become an emotion scientist”, he says. “We need to be curious explorers of our own and others’ emotions so they can help us achieve our goals and improve our lives."



Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Menges, J., & Brackett, M.A. (2021). Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 55(1), 79-91.

Divecha, D., & Brackett, M.A., (2020) Rethinking School-Based Bullying Prevention Through the Lens of Social and Emotional Learning: a Bioecological Perspective. Int Journal of Bullying 2, 93-113.

Brackett, M.A., Bailey, C.S., Hoffman, J.D., & Simmons, D.N. (2019). RULER: A theory-driven, systemic approach to social, emotional, and academic learning. Educational Psychologist, 54 (3), 144-161.

Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S. E., Bertoli, M. C., & Salovey, P. (2016). Emotional intelligence. In Feldman Barrett, L., Lewis, M., & Haviland-Jones, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Emotions (4th Edition). New York: Guilford Press (pp 513-531).

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M. A., & White, A. E. (2018). Mixed emotions: Network analyses of intra-individual co-occurrences within and across situations. Emotion, 18 (8), 1106.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Reyes, M. R., & Salovey, P. (2013). Improving the social and emotional climate of classrooms: A clustered randomized controlled trial testing The RULER Approach. Prevention Science. Vol.14,(1), 2013, pp. 77-87

Brackett, M. A., Reyes, M. R., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N., & Salovey, P. (2012). Assessing teachers’ beliefs about social and emotional learning. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(3), 219-236..

Reyes, M. R., Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S. E., White, M., Mashburn, A. J., & Salovey, P. (2012). Classroom emotional climate, student engagement, and academic achievement, Journal of Educational Psychology, 104(3), 700-712.

Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S. E., Reyes, M. R., & Salovey, P. (2012). Enhancing academic performance and social and emotional competence with the RULER Feeling Words Curriculum. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(2), 218-224.

Reyes, M. R., Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N.,  & Salovey, P. (2012). The interaction effects of program training, dosage, and implementation quality on targeted student outcomes for The RULER Approach to social and emotional learning, School Psychology Review, 41(1), 82-99.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Cook, M., Omori, M., Sickler, C., & Salovey, P. (2013). Emotion skills as a protective factor for risky behaviors among college students. Journal of College Student Development., 54(2), 172-183.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Reyes, M. R., Mayer, J. D., Caruso, D. R., & Salovey, P. (2012). Measuring Emotional Intelligence in early adolescence with the MSCEIT-YV: Psychometric properties and relationship with academic performance and psychosocial Functioning. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment,.30(4), 344-366.

Brackett, M. A., Reyes, M. R., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N. E., & Salovey, P. (2011). Classroom Emotional Climate, Teacher Affiliation, and Student Conduct. Journal of Classroom Interactions, 46, 27-46.

Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S. E., & Salovey, P. (2011). Emotional intelligence: Personal, Social, Educational, and Workplace Implications. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 88-103.

Rivers, S. E., & Brackett, M. A. (2011). Achieving standards in the English language arts (and more) using The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 27, 75-100.

Brackett, M. A., Palomera, R., Mojsa, J., Reyes, M., & Salovey, P. (2010). Emotion regulation ability, job satisfaction, and burnout among British secondary school teachers. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 406-417.

Ivcevic, Z., Pillemer, D. B., Brackett, M. A. (2010). Self-esteem memories and school success in early adolescence. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24, 1265-1278.

Palomera, R., Fernàndez-Berrocal, P., & Brackett, M. A. (2008). Emotional intelligence as a basic competency in pre-service teacher training: Some evidence. Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 6, 437-454.

Dunn, E., Brackett, M. A., Ashton-James, C., Schneiderman, E., & Salovey, P. (2007). Emotionally intelligent time travel: Individual differences in affective forecasting ability. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 85-93.

Brackett, M. A., & Mayer, J. D. (2007). The life space: A framework and method to describe the individual’s external “traits”. Imagination, Cognition, & Personality,26, 3-41.

Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M. A, & Mayer, J. D. (2007). Emotional intelligence and emotional creativity. Journal of Personality, 75, 199-236.

Palomera, R., Gil-Olarte, P., & Brackett, M. A. (2007). Se perciben con inteligencia emocional los docentes? Posibles consecuencias sobre la calidad educativa. Revista de Educación, 341, 687-704.

Reis, D. L., Brackett, M. A., Shamosh, N. A., Kiehl, K. A., Salovey, P., & Gray, J. R. (2007). Emotional Intelligence predicts individual differences in social exchange reasoning. NeuroImage, 35, 1385-91.

Rivers, S., Brackett, M. A., Katulak, N., & Salovey, P. (2007). Regulating anger and sadness: An exploration of discrete emotions in emotion regulation. Journal of Happiness Studies, 8, 393-427.

Brackett, M. A., Rivers, S., Shiffman, S., Lerner, N., & Salovey, P. (2006). Relating emotional abilities to social functioning: A comparison of performance and self-report measures of emotional intelligence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 780-795.

Márquez, P. G., Palomera Martín, R., & Brackett, M. A. (2006). Relating emotional intelligence to social competence and academic achievement in high school students, Psichothema, 18, 118-123.

Palomera Martín, R., & Brackett, M. A. (2006). Frequency of positive affect as a possible mediator between perceived emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. Ansiedad y Estrés, 12, 231-239.

Brackett, M. A., Warner, R. M., & Bosco, J. (2005). Emotional intelligence and relationship quality among couples. Personal Relationships, 12, 197-212.

Brackett, M. A., Mayer, J. D., & Warner, R. M. (2004). Emotional intelligence and its relation to everyday behaviour. Personality and Individual Differences, 36, 1387-1402.

Lopes, P. N., Brackett, M. A., Nezlek, J. B., Schutz, A., Sellin, I., & Salovey, P. (2004). Emotional intelligence and social interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1018-1034.

Brackett, M. A., & Mayer, J. D. (2003). Convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity of competing measures of emotional intelligence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1147-1158. 
• Award for Excellence in Research, MENSA Education and Research Foundation.
• Reprinted in MENSA Research Journal, 35, 21-32.

Ivcevic, Z., Mayer, J. D., & Brackett, M. A. (2002-2003). Exploring personality the natural way: An inquiry into open-ended self-descriptions. Imagination, Cognition, & Personality, 22, 211-238.

Mayer, J. D., Brackett, M. A., & Ivcevic, Z. (2001). Emotion in the assessment of personality. Psychological Inquiry, 13, 77-80.

Fenster, A., Markus, K. M., Wiedemann, C., Brackett, M. A., & Fernandez, J. (2001). Selecting tomorrow’s forensic psychologists: A fresh look at some familiar predictors. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 6, 336-348.

Book Chapters

Rivers, S.E., Hagelskamp, C., & Brackett, M.A. (2013). Understanding and assessing the social-emotional attributes of classrooms. In J. McMillan (Ed.), Sage Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessments. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Brackett, M.A., Cook, M., Elbertson, N., Bausseron, E., Castillo, R., & Salovey, P. (2013). Reconceptualizing the cognition-emotion link. In M. D. Robinson, E. Harmon-Jones, & E. R. Watkins (Eds.), Handbook of cognition and emotion. New York: Guilford.

Brackett, M. A., Maurer, M., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N., Carpenter, M. D., Kremenitzer, J. P., Alster, B. E., Stuart-Wonderlie, L., Cassella, P., & Bauer, J. (2011). Creating emotionally literate classrooms. In M. A. Brackett & J. P. Kremenitzer with M. Maurer, M. Carpenter, S. E. Rivers, & N. Elbertson (Eds.), Emotional literacy in the classroom: Upper Elementary. Portchester, NY: National Professional Resources.

Brackett, M. A., Patti, J., Stern, R., Rivers, S. E., Elbertson, N., Chisholm, C., & Salovey, P. (2009). A sustainable, skill-based model to building emotionally literate schools. In R. Thompson, M. Hughes, & J. B. Terrell (Eds.), Handbook of developing emotional and social intelligence: Best practices, case studies, and tools (pp. 329-358). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Casey, J., Garrett, J., Brackett, M. A., & Rivers, S. (2008). Emotional intelligence, relationship quality, and partner selection. In G. Geher & G. Miller (Eds.), Mating intelligence: Sex, relationships, and the mind’s reproductive system (pp. 263-282). New York, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Kremenitzer, J., Mojsa, J., & Brackett, M. A. (2008). Creating an emotionally intelligent classroom culture. In R. Emmerling, V. K. Shanwal, & M. K. Mandal (Eds.), Emotional intelligence: Theoretical and cultural perspectives. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., & Salovey, P. (2008). Measuring emotional intelligence as a mental ability in adults and children. In G.J. Boyle, G. Matthews, & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and testing (pp. 440-460). London, England, UK: Sage Publications.

Latimer, A. E., Rench, T. A., Brackett, M. A. (2007). Emotional intelligence – A framework for examining emotions in sport and exercise groups. In M. Beauchamp & M. Eys (Eds.), Group dynamics advances in sport and exercise psychology: contemporary themes (pp. 3-22).New York: Routledge.

Brackett, M. A., Alster, B., Wolfe, C., Katulak, N., & Fale, E. (2007). Creating an emotionally intelligent school district: A skill-based approach. In R. Bar-On, K. Maree, & M. Elias (Eds.), Educating people to be emotionally intelligent (pp. 123-137). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Brackett, M. A., & Katulak, N. (2007). The emotionally intelligent classroom: Skill-based training for teachers and students. In J. Ciarrochi & J. D. Mayer (Eds.), Improving emotional intelligence: A practitioner’s guide (pp. 1 – 27). New York, NY: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Salovey, P., & Mayer, J. D. (2007). Measuring Emotional Intelligence as a set of mental abilities. In G. Matthews, M. Zeidner, & R. D. Roberts (Eds.), The science of emotional intelligence (pp.230-257). New York, NY:Oxford University Press.

Grewal, D., Brackett, M. A., & Salovey, P. (2006). Emotional intelligence and the self-regulation of affect. In D.K. Snyder, J.A. Simpson, & J.N. Hughs (Eds.), Emotion regulation in couples and families (pp. 37-55). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Brackett, M. A., & Geher, G. (2006). Measuring emotional intelligence: Paradigmatic shifts and common ground. In J. Ciarrochi, J. P. Forgas & J. D. Mayer (Eds.), Emotional intelligence and everyday life (2nd ed.) (pp. 27-50). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Brackett, M. A., & Rivers, S. (2004). Emotional intelligence: A burgeoning science. [Review of G. Matthews, M. Zeidner, & R. D. Roberts, Emotional intelligence: Science and myth], PsychCRITIQUES, 49.

Brackett, M. A., & Salovey, P. (2004). Measuring emotional intelligence as a mental ability with the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. In G. Geher (Ed.), Measurement of Emotional Intelligence (pp. 179-194). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hall, S. E. K., Geher, G., & Brackett, M. A. (2004). The measurement of emotional intelligence in children: The case of reactive attachment disorder.In G. Geher (Ed.), Measurement of Emotional Intelligence (pp. 195-214). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Brackett, M. A., Lopes, P., Ivcevic, Z., Mayer, J. D., & Salovey, P. (2004). Integrating emotion and cognition: The role of emotional intelligence. In D. Dai & R. Sternberg (Eds.), Motivation, emotion, and cognition: Integrating perspectives on intellectual functioning (pp. 175-194). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.







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