Sandra M. Chafouleas

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Educational Psychology




Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Neag Endowed Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Co-Director, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH)

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Syracuse University, Area: Psychology (school)
C.A.S., Syracuse University, Area: Educational Leadership
M.S., Syracuse University, Area: Psychology

Areas of Expertise:

School Psychology

School Mental Health

Whole Child, Whole Community, Whole School

Emotional Well-Being

Trauma-Informed Schools

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment and Intervention


Dr. Sandra M. Chafouleas is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Neag Endowed Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology within the Neag School of Education. She also serves as the founder and Co-Director of the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). Dr. Chafouleas received her Ph.D. in psychology (school) from Syracuse University and has been a licensed psychologist in Connecticut since 2001. Dr. Chafouleas focuses her work on supporting school system implementation of evidence-informed practices and expertise in areas of integrated health and learning (whole child), school mental health, and social, emotional, and behavioral assessment and intervention. As PI/Co-PI, she has secured over $20 million to support these research, service, and training activities. Dr. Chafouleas is co-creator of the award-winning Feel Your Best Self program, a free and fun toolkit that teaches 12 simple coping strategies to promote emotion regulation. She has authored over 200 publications, and regularly serves as a national presenter and invited speaker. She is a fellow in both the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science, and has received multiple recognitions, including most recently a 2022 Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association and selection as the 2023 Reed Fellow at the UConn Waterbury campus. She previously served as associate dean for The Graduate School (2012-2014) and then the associate dean for research in the Neag School (2014-2016). Prior to becoming a university trainer, she worked as a school psychologist and school administrator in a variety of settings supporting the needs of children with behavior disorders.


The Conversation

Promoting Student Well-Being  Blog with Psychology Today

Funded Projects:

UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH)

Feel Your Best Self Educational Toolkit

NIH U24 M3 Emotional Well-Being Network

Project ESSY: Equitable Screening to Support Youth

National Exploration of Emotional/Behavioral Detection in School Screening (NEEDs2)

Direct Behavior Rating (DBR): Dissemination and Research

Usage Rating Profile (URP)


Telly Award, 1 Gold and 3 Silver (2023)

Kidscreen Award, Digital Kids Programming: Best Web/App Series – Original (2023)

Reed Fellow, UConn Waterbury (2023)

American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2022)

Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award, University of Connecticut AAUP (2019)

Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity Award in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Connecticut Alumni Foundation (2018)

President, Society for the Study of School Psychology (Elect 2017, President 2018, Past 2019)

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut (2017)

NASP Possibilities in Action Partner Award, Presented by the New York Association of School Psychologists (2016)

Thomas Oakland Mid-Career Scholarship Award, Division 16 of the American Psychological Association (2016)

Fellow, American Psychological Association (2010)

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (2010)

Invited Member, Society for the Study of School Psychology (2009)

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Connecticut Alumni Association (2009)


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