Yale psychologist joins Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation advisory board

Marc Brackett, research scientist in the Department of Psychology and deputy director of the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, has been appointed to the newly launched research advisory board of the Born This Way Foundation, co-founded by pop star and activist Lady Gaga.

Brackett is one of seven scholars named to the board. Members will meet quarterly to ensure that the foundation’s youth empowerment, anti-bullying, and tolerance programs are guided and backed by rigorous theory and research.

Brackett has gained recognition for his efforts to cultivate emotional intelligence and prevent bullying in schools through the RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning, which he co-created. Brackett’s research and intervention efforts over the last decade align with the mission of the Born This Way Foundation — to create “a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.”

The Born This Way Foundation was formed by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, in 2011 “to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.” The foundation is built on “the pillars of safety, skills, and opportunity for youth and involves this constituent largely through its robust social media presence.”