Rob is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA with honors in Psychology from Cornell University and his PhD from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Roeser also holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work. In 2005 he was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India, and from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar. He has also worked with the Mind and Life Institute (Boulder, CO) as the Senior Program Coordinator and member of the Mind and Life Educational Research Network (MLERN). Dr. Roeser’s research focuses on school as a primary cultural context of child and adolescent development; and how students’ experiences in classrooms and schools, with teachers and peers, affect their identity development, social-emotional well being, motivation to learn, and academic achievement. His current research is focused on bringing mindfulness and compassion training to teachers and students in early childhood and early adolescence to improve teaching and learning.