Maurice Elias

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, and codirector of the Academy for SEL in Schools. He has written Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children, The Joys & Oys of Parenting (Behrman House), and (with Jeffrey Kress) Nurturing Students' Character: Everyday Teaching Activities for Social-Emotional Learning. He blogs on social-emotional and character development at and lectures nationally and internationally. He can be reached at