Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Board of Directors

Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl is the NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 1991 to 2020, she was a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia (UBC). In July, 2020, Dr. Schonert-Reichl completed a five-year appointment as the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

Known as a world-renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research focuses on identification of the processes that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency in children and adolescents. She is the recipient of the 2021 Janusz Korczak Medal for Children’s Rights Advocacy, the 2019 Postsecondary Leader of the Year Award Canadian Edtech Awards, the 2015 Joseph E. Zins Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding SEL research, and the 2009 Confederation of University Faculty Associations BC’s Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award. Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research has been highlighted in major outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and many more. Since 2006, Dr. Schonert-Reichl has been invited to participate in several dialogues with the Dalai Lama on the themes of cultivating compassion and educating the heart.

Dr. Schonert-Reichl received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, and completed her postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Schonert-Reichl worked as middle school teacher and then as a teacher at an alternative high school.