Our Vision

Learning is a social and emotional experience. To support learning across domains, settings, and phases of life, requires attention to strengthening the social-emotional aspects of learning that are ever-present, yet often not directly addressed with teachers and learners. At the SEED Lab, our primary interest is to advance understanding of the role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. We investigate SEL in early childhood education and often push the traditional boundaries of research to include:

  • (1) - Children from under-researched cultures within the United States and abroad
  • (2) - Teachers who are engaged as learners in schools too

By expanding the scope of SEL research beyond the United States and by conceptualizing teachers as learners too, we aim to advance the richness, inclusivity, and comprehensiveness of SEL's theoretical base for scholarship practice.

About Us

The SEED Lab includes graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Education, at the University of Pittsburgh, who view social-emotional learning as central to advancing learning for young children and their teachers. We conduct research in these areas and are committed to applying our findings in Pittsburgh and around the world.


The SEED Lab
c/o Dr. Shannon Wanless
Department of Psychology in Education
School of Education
5922 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15260




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