Stephanie Jones, senior advisor to MCC, is a developmental psychologist and the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work on children’s and adolescents’ social and emotional development and non-cognitive factors in school and life success has been honored with awards and grants from institutions such as the National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the William T. Grant Foundation. She has designed and evaluated numerous social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions for schools. Most recently, she has led the development and evaluation of SECURe, a program that builds social and emotional skills in PreK-3rd grade settings. Widely published in academic journals, she is also adept at translating research into accessible forms, for example as a lead facilitator of educator institutes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Programs in Professional Education and in publications for policy and practice like Social Policy Report and Educational Leadership. Her expertise on SEL is frequently sought and she has consulted to policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and television programs. She has been honored with the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning and the Grawemeyer Award in Education. She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology from Yale University.