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Welcome to the UIC Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research Group website. The UIC SEL Research Group has training and experience in a variety of fields, including psychology, education, sociology, and public health. Directed by Dr. Roger P. Weissberg, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning and LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Education, the group’s primary focus is school-based social and emotional learning (SEL). Our projects address SEL research and assessment, practice, educator preparation, and policy development.
The SEL Research group supports the work of early- and mid-career scholars and convenes educators and researchers around topics of importance to SEL. Our goal is to foster research on SEL and provide national and worldwide leadership to the SEL field.
In addition to support from UIC, the SEL Research Group has received funding from the Buena Vista Foundation, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Education Development Center, the Fetzer Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kirlin Charitable Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and the Rauner Family Foundation.
The SEL Research Group has a staff of researchers and scholars based on the UIC campus (see below). In addition, as knowledge about social and emotional learning grows worldwide, the Research Group has attracted visiting scholars from many countries who come to UIC to enhance their SEL research and professional expertise. Click here for more information about the individual visiting scholars and their projects.