The People Behind the Mood Meter

The Mood Meter app was conceived by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. and Robin Stern, Ph.D. from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The app was developed in partnership with HopeLab, Chairun Siregar (designer), and Reliable Coders (developers).

marc-150x150Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Senior Research Scientist in Psychology at Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning for students of all grade levels as well as school leaders, teachers, staff, and families. Dr. Brackett’s research focuses on the measurement of emotional intelligence, the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health, and demonstrating the positive effects of emotional intelligence training on academic performance, bullying, teacher instructional practices, and school climate.Dr. Brackett is an author on over 100 scholarly publications and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award. He also serves on a wide-range of Research Advisory Boards, including CASEL and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. As a consultant to Facebook, he is working on a large-scale investigation to decrease bullying and an online help center for children, families, and schools to better manage online bullying. Dr. Brackett consults regularly with school systems and corporations around the world and has been featured numerous times in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.

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RobinRobin Stern, Ph.D., is Associate Director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. Dr. Stern holds a doctorate in applied psychology from New York University and a postdoctoral certificate in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She is on the faculty of the Summer Principal’s Academy that is part of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she is currently co-teaching a class on emotional intelligence for leaders. Dr. Stern is co-developer of RULER. In collaboration with Facebook and Dr. Brackett she created a reporting process for cyberbullying incidents and a help center for bullied children. Dr. Stern consults regularly with corporations, is the author of three books, including, most recently, Project Rebirth, and has co-authored numerous scholarly articles on emotional intelligence, gratitude, and the links between technology and emotions.


Creates technology products to help people thrive. HopeLab collaborates with partners to translate science-based ideas and practices into tech products that support human resilience.

Chairun Siregar (Designer)
A web, mobile, and bamboo toy designer based in Indonesia.

Reliable Coders

Reliable Coders (Developers)
A mobile app studio with expertise in creative design, mobile iOS & Android apps, cloud and social media platforms.

Cynthia Dickason-Scott (Production Executive)”Personal Transformation at Play” – Dedicated to realizing the potential to deliver meaningful personal growth to a broad and under-served audience in the digital realm.

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