Michael J. Strambler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and is based at The Consultation Center. Dr. Strambler’s research interests concern understanding the role of social environments in the academic, psychosocial, and behavioral well-being of children with a focus on urban settings. A key area of this work centers on how home and school environments shape how students perceive themselves academically and how self-perception impacts academic and social-emotional outcomes. His experience in applied research, program evaluation, and program design in these areas has spanned from elementary school to undergraduate education. His most recent work in Bridgeport involves co-directing (with Dr. Susan Rivers) a collaborative project between Bridgeport Public Schools, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence aimed at promoting life skills and social emotional learning that includes implementation of the RULER Approach. Dr. Strambler has earned awards from the Ford Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation and he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and papers. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College, his M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.