Joseph L. Mahoney

Director of Translational Science

Joseph Mahoney directs CASEL’s efforts to make scientific evidence related to social and emotional learning useful for practitioners and used in practice to support high-quality learning environments and positive developmental outcomes. His work involves facilitating practice-oriented research on SEL and disseminating the scientific knowledge to support effective practice and policy decision-making.

Joseph has authored more than 70 published articles, books, and chapters related to the development of social, educational, and physical development of young people. Much of his research has focused on understanding how out-of-school time relates to positive youth development across school, family, and community settings.

Prior to joining CASEL, Joseph served as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University (1999-2007), a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine (2007-2014), and a professor in Department of Psychology at Elizabethtown College (2014-2016). In 2011 he received the Society for Research in Child Development’s Distinguished Congressional Policy Fellowship and served as lead education council for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He received the UCI Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009 and the Civic Engagement and Community-Based Learning Faculty Award from Elizabethtown College in 2016.

Currently he is co-editor of the Journal of Research on Extended Education and serves on the editorial board of Educational Researcher and Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and Applied Developmental Science.

Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in child psychology, summa cum laude, from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota (1993) and his Ph.D. in psychology through the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997). He completed his post-doctoral training at Stockholm University’s Psychological Institute in Sweden (1999).