My name is Rebecca Baelen and I’m a Researcher specializing in Contemplative Science and Social-Emotional Learning research in the context of education.

The core of my research focuses on the design and rigorous testing of programs and interventions that foster social-emotional competenciees and well-being in teachers and students.

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Visiting Lecturer

Princeton Program in Teacher Preparation, Princeton University

May 2020 – Present Princeton, NJ

Visiting Lecturer

Klingenstein Center, Teachers College at Columbia University

May 2020 – Present New York, NY

Research Coordinator & Graduate Assistant for Rebecca Maynard

Division of Education Policy, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

May 2016 – Aug 2020 Philadelphia, PA

Research Coordinator for Angela Duckworth

Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

May 2014 – Aug 2016 Philadelphia, PA

History Teacher

The Island School

May 2013 – Aug 2013 Eleuthera, The Bahamas

History & Religious Studies Teaching Fellow

The Lawrenceville School

Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 Lawrenceville, NJ

Student Teacher

Princeton High School

Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 Princeton, NJ

Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellow

Can Tho University

Jan 2010 – Dec 2011 Can Tho, Vietnam

Americorps/VISTA Volunteer

Venice Community Housing Corporation

Jan 2009 – Jan 2010 Venice, CA

Grants, Awards and Fellowships

1440 Grant Award Recipient for Outstanding Research Proposal

Lee Spelman Doty & George E. Doty, Jr. Endowed Fellowship

New Jersey State Certificate of Eligibility, Advanced Standing for Social Studies

Carolyn L. Drucker ‘80 Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Field of Judaic Studiese

Selected Publications