ACT Social and Emotional Learning Research:

Importance of SEL

Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and emotional skills and related factors, like beliefs and attitudes, are important for success in all realms of life, including school, work, and life in general. See how our team has advanced this work here.


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Additional Publications

Bobek, B. L., Way, J. D., & San Pedro, M. O. Z. (In press). A Non-cognitive Roadmap to College Student Success. In G. McLaughlin, R. Howard, J. McLaughlin, & W. E. Knight (Eds.) Building bridges for student success: A sourcebook for colleges and universities. Norman, OK: Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange.

Bradburn, J. C., Ryan, A. M., Boyce, A., McKinniss, T. M., & Way, J. D. (In press). Is It Complicated?: Validity of Personality Interactions for Predicting Performance. Personnel Assessment and Decisions.

Joksimovic, S., Seamans, G., Wang, Y. E., San Pedro, M. O. Z., & Way, J. D. (2020). Special Section: Beyond Cognitive Ability: Enabling Assessment of 21st Century Skills Through Learning Analytics. Journal of Learning Analytics.

Gold, J. M., Carr, L. J., Thomas, G., Burrus, J., O’Leary, K., Wing, R., & Bond, D. S. (2020). Conscientiousness in weight loss maintainers and regainers. Health Psychology, 39, 421-429.

Miles, K. P., Lauterbach, M., Murano, D., & Dembek, G. A. (2018). Reading Rescue: A follow-up on effectiveness of an intervention for struggling readers. The Journal of Educational Research.

Niepel, C., Burrus, J., Greiff, S., Lipnevich, A. A., Brenneman, M. W., & Roberts, R. D. (2018). Students’ beliefs and attitudes toward mathematics across time: A longitudinal examination of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Learning and Individual Differences, 63, 24-33.

Polat, P., Plog, A. E., McVey, J. E., & Meltzer, L. J. (2018). Sleep, homework, academic outcomes, and HRQOL in high school juniors. Sleep, 41, A318.

Burrus, J., Naemi, B., & Mattern, K., & Roberts, R. D. (2017). Building Better Students: Preparation for the Workforce. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Pantoja, G. A., & Walton, K. E. (2017). The seven-factor model of personality and its links to psychopathology. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

Way, J. D. (2017). Stereotypes of aggression and their influence on performance ratings. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 17, 142-155.

Doherty-Torstrick, E. R., Walton, K. E., Barsky, A., & Fallon, B. A. (2016). Avoidance in hypochondriasis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 89, 46-52.

Doherty-Torstrick, E. R., Walton, K. E., & Fallon, B. A. (2016). Cyberchondria: Parsing health anxiety from online behavior. Psychosomatics, 57, 390-400.

Rikoon, S. H., Brenneman, M., Kim, L., Khorramdel, L., MacCann, C., Burrus, J., & Roberts, R. D. (2016). Facets of conscientiousness and their differential relationships with cognitive ability factors. Journal of Research in Personality, 61, 22-34.

Mneimne, M., Wellington, R., Walton, K. E., & Powers, A. S. (2015). Beyond arousal: Valence, dominance, and motivation in the lateralization of affective memory. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 282-292.

Torstrick, A., McDermut, W., Gokberk, A., Bivona, T., & Walton, K. E. (2015). Associations between the Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank and measures of personality and psychopathology. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 494-505.

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