Linda Dusenbury 

Senior Research Scientist

Linda Dusenbury has worked with CASEL for more than a decade. During that time she has been involved in CASEL’s reviews of evidence-based SEL programs. In the past several years she has also led CASEL’s reviews of state learning standards for SEL, and, more recently, research on mindfulness. Linda is a nationally recognized expert with 25 years experience planning, supporting, and evaluating evidence-based strategies designed to create a safe and nurturing world for children and adolescents.

Linda was a student of George Albee, an early pioneer in the field of primary prevention of psychopathology. She served on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University from 1984 to 1994, where she collaborated with Gil Botvin, developer of the Life Skills Training program, on randomized control prevention trials in New York City schools. From 1994 to 2001 she served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, developing consumer guides to bridge the gap between research and practice by identifying best practices in prevention and youth development. From 2001 to 2010 she was a senior researcher at Tanglewood Research, Inc., where she co-authored and produced professional development tools designed to enhance the quality of implementation, including online courses, DVDs and an online video-messaging system.

Linda has published more than 70 professional articles and chapters. She also co-edited two books in the Vermont Conference on the Primary Prevention of Psychopathology series. She is a dedicated advocate for social and emotional learning, prevention, and education whose research has focused on the identification and dissemination of effective strategies to promote social and emotional development and prevent adolescent problem behaviors including drug use, violence, teen pregnancy, and school dropout.