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Diana Divecha, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and research affiliate with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  She collaborates with Center researchers on RULER’s approach to bullying prevention, as well as on thought leadership and informing public opinion on the relevance of emotional intelligence.

Diana served on the psychology faculty of Sonoma State University in northern California, where she co-founded and chaired the Department of Human Development.  She taught courses on development from birth through the period of emerging adulthood, with a special emphasis on cognitive development, culture, and the development of the self.

Diana has worked with children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and severe behavior problems. She currently serves on the boards or advisory councils of a number of organizations including the Greater Good Science Center, Futures Without ViolenceProspect Sierra School, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Best of all, Diana enjoys the unfunded personal laboratory of her family life, where she gets to play around with ideas about development and families. So far, everyone is thriving. Her two daughters are grown, and recently came to her and asked if she would write down what was in her head while she was raising them because they “loved their childhoods." She's working on that.

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