Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Christina Hinton
Christina Hinton is the Founder and Executive Director of RSI. For the past five years, Dr. Hinton was a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she lectured on the neuroscience of learning, social-emotional learning, global competence, and school-based research. Prior to that, she worked in multilateral diplomacy and international policy-making at the OECD's Center for Educational Research and Innovation. She holds a doctorate from Harvard.
Director of Research
Catherine Glennon is Director of Research at Research Schools International. Her primary motivation as a researcher is to connect research and practice in primary and secondary schools. Glennon’s research interests include musical development, growth mindset, global education, and care. She has been trained at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Research Advisor Emeritus
Dr. Kurt Fischer
Kurt W. Fischer an Emeritus Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founding president of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and founding editor of the Mind, Brain, and Education journal. He is the author of a dozen books as well as over 200 scientific articles.
Director of Practice
Dr. Jim Heal
Jim completed the Doctorate of Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His main motivation is to develop approaches to research that can serve as levers of improvement in school contexts. He is particularly interested in understanding how best to create democratic cultures in classrooms and schools, starting with pedagogy. Originally from the UK, he has spent the last ten years working there as a teacher, administrator, and researcher.
Arielle Jennings graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology. Arielle's research interests include student-centered pedagogy, civic and moral development and youth voice. Her professional experience includes eight years of civic and global experiential education, curricular design, and teacher training in K-12 and higher education institutions.
DR. Bryan Mascio
Bryan completed his doctorate in Human Development and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary research focuses on the social-emotional-cognitive skills of teaching, and the development of those skills. Other areas of interest and expertise include the development of survey scales, student and teacher social emotional learning, and the intersection of teacher professionalism and school improvement.
Mallory Perry graduated with a Masters of Education from the Human Development and Psychology program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Following two years on the administrative team at a private Montessori school in Boston, Mallory joined RSI's team where her research has focused on student centered learning, Harkness and growth mindset.
Lauren graduated from the Mind, Brain and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently working towards completing her Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education at Columbia University.She is broadly interested in mathematics education for children with disabilities/difficulties in math. She is also interested in Universal Design for Learning and in utilizing lessons about the brain to empower children.
Ashim graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from the International Education Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research interests include global competence, civic education and social-emotional skills.His experience includes more than 14 years of classroom teaching in international education environments. Ash has also worked on research projects with UNICEF South Asia and Harvard GSE's Global Education Innovation Initiative.
Cyntia Barzelatto Jabbaz
Cyntia graduated from the Human Development and Psychology program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is mainly interested in the promotion of social and emotional learning from early childhood in innovative spaces, in and beyond the classroom. Her research interests include self and social awareness, compassion development, mindfulness and other contemplative practices, love and romantic relationships and second language learning.
Rina graduated from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests are developing self awareness and self regulation through yoga and mindfulness practice. She writes a mindful living column for adults on Sonima.com and creates written, illustrated, and audio children's books.
Heather graduated from the Mind, Brain and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her main research interests include language and literacy development. Specifically she is interested in intersection of language learning and reading disabilities. She is passionate about using educational neuroscience research to empower students, practitioners and parents.
Sally graduated from the International Education Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include understanding the long-term impacts of receiving a global education at the K-12 level, how to bring global education effectively into the local classroom, and the role of language in shaping the identity of multilingual speakers.
Christine graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education's International Education Policy program. She specializes in how global education can foster empathy, curiosity and a sense of social responsibility in students.
Elisabeth graduated from the Mind, Brain and Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elisabeth is an education researchers who is passionate about supporting student learning and well-being across the lifespan. Her research interests include embodied cognition, mindfulness, active learning, and trauma resolution.
Laura Emiliana Rodríguez Morales
Emiliana graduated from the Mind, Brain and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She leads AtentaMente, an organization that carries out mindfulness trainings to support social-emotional well-being. Her interests include mindfulness in education, compassion, empathy and loving-kindness training and development.
Lilian Cheung holds a Master's in Statistics from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Mathematics-Statistics and Economics from University of Connecticut. Her primary goal is to use statistics to support research efforts that improve educational outcomes for all students.
Dr. Sophie Turnbull Booton
Sophie graduated from the Mind, Brain and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield. Her research interests encompass cognitive development, emotional development, development of self-regulation, and positive education.
Siwen graduated from International Education Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in personalized education, global education, and e-learning.
Brianna graduated with an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.. Her research interests focus on teacher learning and the development of adaptive expertise, but also include mindfulness, motivation, and self-regulation. Her professional repertoire includes teaching, coaching, professional development, improvement science and design based research.
Qianru (Tiffany) Yang is currently undertaking a master's degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include global education, the development of stereotypes, and children's social cognitive development.