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stephanie-jonesStephanie Jones is the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and co-director of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative. Her research, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the long-term effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children’s social and emotional development, as well as the impact of school-based interventions focused on promoting children’s social-emotional skills, pro-social behavior, and academic skills. Her work has focused on both evaluation research addressing the impact of preschool and elementary focused social-emotional learning interventions on behavioral and academic outcomes and classroom practices; as well as new curriculum development, implementation, and testing. Jones was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her work with Edward Zigler and Walter Gilliam on A Vision for Universal Preschool Education; she was also awarded the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning, from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Jones serves on numerous national advisory boards and expert consultant groups related to social-emotional development and child and family anti-poverty policies, including the National Boards of Parents as Teachers and Engaging Schools.