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Maurice J. Elias


Maurice J. Elias is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University and Co-Developer of the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving Project. This project received the 1988 Lela Rowland Prevention Award from the National Mental Health Association, and was recently named a Model Program by the National Educational Goals Panel as well as a Promising Program by the U.S. Department of Education Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools. Dr. Elias is also Vice-Chair of the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Chair-person of the Program Committee for the Board of Trustees of the Association for Children of New Jersey, and a Trustee of the Hope Foundation. He is a member of the expert panel that advised the development of the NASP/CECP Early Warning Signs, Timely Response book on violence prevention and subsequent materials, and is the author of numerous books and articles on prevention. He is also a regular contributor to Education Week and to the annual journal of the NJASCD. Dr. Elias is an approved trainer for the N.J. Department of Education, and has authored a weekly column, “FamilyAccents,” in the Sunday Newark Star-Ledger. With colleagues at CASEL, Dr. Elias was senior author of Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, published by ASCD. His other books include Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, and Socially Skilled Child(in its third printing from Harmony/Random House), Engaging the Resistant Child Through Computers: A Manual for Social and Emotional Learning (National Professional Resources), and Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers: Raising Children to be Compassionate, Committed, and Courageous Adults (Three Rivers Press/Random House).He and the authors maintain a Web site devoted to parenting Dr. Elias is married and the father of two children. He can be contacted at Rutgers University, Department of Psychology, 53 Avenue E, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040; by telephone at (732) 445-2444; fax (732) 445-0036; or on the Web at


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