Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She began her professional career first as a middle school teacher and then as a...
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She began her professional career first as a middle school teacher and then as a high school teacher for youth “at risk.” For over 20 years she has been conducting research in the area of the child and adolescent social and emotional learning (SEL) and development with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster positive development, such as empathy, optimism, and altruism.
Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s current research includes examining the effectiveness of programs designed to promote students’ social and emotional development in schools, including a multi-site evaluation of the Roots of Empathy program, an investigation examining the efficacy of a preschool social and emotional competence promotion program, and an examination of the effects of the MindUp program -- a mindfulness-based program aimed at fostering children’s and positive development in schools.
In 2007, Dr. Schonert-Reichl, in partnership with United Way of the Lower Mainland, conducted a large-scale study examining the social and psychological worlds of children ages 9 to 12 both in and out of school in 8 school districts in the Lower Mainland. She has over 100 papers presented at scholarly national and international conferences, as well as over 50 publications in scholarly journals, books, and reports. In the past few years, she has also given over 100 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning to lay audiences, including parents, community organizations, educators, and policy makers. She has appeared on local radio and television programs, including CBC’s Early Edition with Rick Cluff, the Bill Good Show on CKNW, and Breakfast Television on City TV.
Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research also has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across Canada, the US, and beyond, including Canadian Living Magazine, Reader’s Digest-Canada, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Strait, 24 Hours, The National Post, Today’s Parent Magazine, Westcoast Families, BC Parent, The Greater Good Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Schonert-Reichl is active with several national and international advisory boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) Research Advisory Group. Dr. Schonert-Reichl is an award winning teacher and has been internationally recognized for her collaborative work that translates research into practice. She is the recipient of the 2007 UBC Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and the 2004 Vancouver School Board Recognition Award for her work to promote social responsibility in students.
In 2009 the Confederation of University Faculty Association (CUFA-BC) awarded Dr. Schonert-Reichl with their highest Distinguished Academic Award – the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award. In 2006, Kim served on the organizing committee for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Vancouver Dialogues, and chaired a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and leading educators, researchers, and policy makers on the themes of cultivating compassion and educating the heart.