The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence seeks a full-time postdoctoral research associate to join the How We Feel research team (PIs: Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle & Dr. Marc Brackett). The primary objectives of this project include understanding the emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and examining questions about predictors of social and emotional well-being. Data used in this project will come from the How We Feel app that was originally designed to study the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and is developing into a general well-being app and tool (including emotional and social well-being, as well as physical health and self-care behavior).

The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for data analysis of the existing large scale longitudinal data, as well as for formulating new research questions for future data collections and writing research articles. The Project Director, Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, will oversee day-to-day work assignments and be the primary supervisor. The Director of Research, Dr. Christina Cipriano, will provide additional supervision and professional support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Data analysis of large scale longitudinal data
  • Co-design longitudinal studies addressing questions of emotional and social well-being
  • Work with the research team to prepare conference presentations of research results
  • Supervise research assistants and research aides
  • Prepare research papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals in psychology

Skills & Qualifications

  • Qualified candidates will have recently completed a PhD in psychology, education, or a related field
  • Specialization or demonstrated interest in the study of emotions
  • Ability to communicate (e.g., through writing, presentations) with different audiences (research community, general public)
  • Excellent writing skills demonstrated in research publications
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Competence in quantitative methods, including longitudinal data analysis
  • Excellent statistics skills, proficiency with SPSS and R required, experience with large data sets a plus

The position would start remotely in accordance with Yale University guidance around COVID-19.

To Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October 30, 2020.

Please write a one-page proposal detailing a research study you are designing to contribute to understanding emotional well-being. Imagine you have data from an emotion tracking app, along with questions of self-care, physical health, and social relationships. Note that you can only ask few questions and cannot administer full multi- item scales. What would you want to study and how?

Please send this proposal along with your CV, and a one-page cover letter to Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle at Be sure to include where you learned about the position in your cover letter.

Qualified applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview and asked to submit two letters of recommendation.


Emotions drive learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Helping children and adults develop emotional intelligence is central to the mission of the Center. To date, schools have been at the center of these efforts. RULER, the Center’s signature program, draws on leading pedagogical practices as well as advances in psychology and neuroscience, and it has been honed through years of classroom observation, interviews, and the most demanding evaluations. Creating awareness—both of self and others—about emotions and developing the skills of emotional intelligence can improve children’s prospects in life and contribute, in turn, to healthier, more compassionate families, workplaces, and communities. RULER does this by teaching adults and children the skills of emotional intelligence. Since 2005, more than 600 schools have implemented RULER, affecting the lives of over 500,000 students. Accordingly, we integrate emotional intelligence skill building, the basis of RULER, into their everyday practices and into classroom curricula across grade levels.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.