Dr. Shelley Hymel
Lando Professor in Social and Emotional Learning
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Shelley Hymel completed her doctorate in Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Illinois in 1982, and received the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. She served on faculty in Developmental Psychology at the University of Waterloo until 1993 when she joined the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. There, she has served in several administrative roles, including Department Chair (2006-2008) and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research (2000-2002).
She currently holds the Edith Lando Professorship in Social-Emotional Learning (2012-2017) through which she has established a Masters program concentration as well as a teacher training specialization in social-emotional learning. She serves on research advisory boards for the interdisciplinary Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC (www.earlylearning.ubc.ca), aimed at optimizing child development through research, the Life Synergy for Youth program (http://lifesynergy4youth.com/) of Calgary, AB, the Committee for Children in Seattle, WA (www.cfchildren.org), and, most recently, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
She is team leader for PREVNet, a Canadian national organization for “Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence,” and on the Board of Directors for the BC Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre in Vancouver. With Dr. Susan Swearer at the University of Nebraska, she is co-founder and co-director of the Bullying Research Network (http://brnet.unl.edu/), linking over 125 researchers globally, and has co-edited a unique knowledge translation effort on school bullying for the U.S. online magazine, www.education.com.
She publishes extensively on social development and peer relations (over 100 articles and chapters to date) and works regularly with students experiencing social difficulties and with school districts that want to address the social side of education, for which she received the Vancouver School Board Recognition Award in 2003. She has co-edited two recent special issues on school bullying (2015) for Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and American Psychologist.