Roger P. Weissberg

Board Vice Chair and Chief Knowledge Officer

Roger P. Weissberg is CASEL’s chief knowledge officer and board vice chair. He is also UIC Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he directs the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research Group. For the past four decades, Weissberg has trained scholars and practitioners about innovative ways to design, implement, and evaluate family, school, and community interventions.

Weissberg has authored more than 260 publications focusing on positive youth development programming to enhance the social, emotional, and academic learning of children and adolescents. He has been the president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action. He co-chaired an American Psychological Association task force on “Prevention: Promoting Strength, Resilience, and Health in Young People.” He also served both as a commissioner and as a member of the Council of Distinguished Scientists for the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

Weissberg is a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s five-year Faculty Scholars Award in Children’s Mental Health, the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Psychological Contribution in the Public Interest, and the National Mental Health Association’s Lela Rowland Prevention Award. He received the 2000 American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution Award for Applications of Psychology to Education and Training and the Society for Community Research and Action 2004 Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award. He received the 2008 “Daring Dozen” award from the George Lucas Educational Foundation for being one of 12 people who are reshaping the future of education. He was named LAS Distinguished Professor in 2008, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning Research in 2011, and UIC Distinguished Professor in 2014. In February 2013, Weissberg became one of 12 new members elected to the National Academy of Education for his contributions to education research and policy

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Professor Weissberg graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s in psychology from Brandeis University in 1974. He received his Ph,D, from the University of Rochester in 1980. He was the research director for the Primary Mental Health Project from 1980 to 1982. He was a professor in the Psychology Department at Yale University between 1982 and 1992, where he collaborated with the New Haven Public Schools to establish New Haven’s kindergarten through grade 12 Social Development Project. Weissberg lives in Wilmette Illinois. He has been a faculty member at UIC since 1992 and has directed CASEL since 1996. He and his wife, Stephanie Wright, a retired clinical psychologist, have two wonderful children, Elizabeth and Ted.