Alaina E. Boyle

Research Associate

Alaina Boyle is a part of CASEL’s Research-Practice Partnership team, where she works with a variety of data to assess both continuous improvement and systemic social and emotional learning implementation. Additionally, she provides research and evaluation support to the upcoming CASEL Program Guide.

Prior to working at CASEL, Alaina coordinated a National Science Foundation project exploring how various aspects of the school context, such as school climate and teacher practices, influence adolescents’ healthy development as they transition from middle school into high school. She also worked at a private research firm developing and implementing evidence-based interventions that foster social and academic competence. Alaina’s research focuses on the ways parents and schools promote achievement and positive socio-emotional development in minority and low-income youth, with a special emphasis on educational transitions.

Alaina earned her doctorate in human development and family sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s in psychology from East Carolina University, and her bachelor’s in psychology and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alaina lives in Chicago and enjoys hiking, watching college basketball, and spending time with furry friends at home and at PAWS Chicago.