Dr. M. Jennifer Kitil is a Research Associate in Social & Emotional Learning at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). She earned her PhD in Human Development at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. Prior to that, she earned her BA in Psychology and MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research investigates the efficacy of social and emotional learning programs on the well-being of children and youth in school-based settings. She is particularly interested in the role that neurocognitive and self-regulatory processes, and mindfulness-based practices, have on developmental outcomes that include well-being and the cultivation of positive human qualities.