Robin Stern

Co-Founder; Chief Innovation Officer

Robin Stern - Co-Founder; Chief Innovation Officer

Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale University. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families. Robin is the co-developer of RULER, the Yale Center’s approach to bringing emotion intelligence to school communities and to the workplace; she is a co-developer of RULER for Families and a lead trainer for the Center’s Institutes. Robin is the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of two books: The Gaslight Effect and Project Rebirth.

Robin was a founding member of the Woodhull Institute, where she spent 15 years creating and facilitating development programs for women leaders. Robin regularly consults to schools and companies around the world, and for the last 5 years has worked with Facebook to develop tools that help adults and children develop emotional intelligence and resolve online conflict. Currently, Robin consults to Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, helping physicians and nurses build emotional intelligence.

In 2014-15 she was a fellow in the Yale Public Voices Fellowship, and her popular pieces appeared in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post,, The Washington Post, The Hill, and Harvard Business Review. She has been a guest on many local and national radio shows and has traveled widely to lecture on emotional intelligence and relational bullying. Robin is a member of the Emotional Intelligence Consortium and the serves as an advisor for Think Equal, Crisis Text Line and I’ll Go First.

Robin lives in New York and treasures her relationship with her son, Scott and daughter, Melissa who are following their own passions.



Masters from Graduate Faculty
New School for Social Research in Personality and Social Development

Ph.D. In Psychology

Postdoctoral Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Center for Mental Health

Consortium for Research in Emotional Intelligence in (CREIO)

Board of Advisors
Crisis Text Line

Board of Directors
I’ll Go First

NYS license in psychoanalysis


Interesting Facts

I hula hoop everyday; as both exercise and meditation.

What I love about coaching: The coaching process allows coachees to feel increasingly skillful in moving towards his/her goals and dreams, with the deep engagement and scaffolding of their coach.