Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Author of Permission to Feel and Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., author of Permission to Feel, is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University.  

Marc has published 125 scholarly articles on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance.  

He is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 public, charter, and private schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent.  

Marc has received numerous awards and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Marc consults regularly with large corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design. 

Marc speaks to tens of thousands of people each year and has been the keynote speaker at over 500 conferences around the world, including the White House, U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Defense, the Surgeon General’s office, the New York Times, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, ASU-GSV, the Aspen Institute, as well as dozens of education conferences. 

Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.