Susan Rivers

Executive Director & Chief Scientist

Expert: Susan Rivers

Dr. Susan Rivers is Executive Director and Chief Scientist at iThrive, where she oversees the nonprofit's strategic direction.

Adopting a creative leadership style, she supports the talented and passionate iThrive team in their collective efforts to use evidence-based games to help teens thrive. A social psychologist, she uses her expertise in emotional intelligence and designing social and emotional learning interventions to inform the development of game-based interventions and establish a collaborative and innovative network of teens, game developers, psychologists, affective scientists, funders, and investors.

Previously, she co-founded and served as the founding deputy director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she designed and evaluated school-based social and emotional curriculum and trainings for preschool, elementary schools, and middle schools. Susan has published extensively in scholarly journals and books, is the co-author of several curricula on social and emotional learning, and speaks at national and international conferences and events.

She earned two masters and her doctorate at Yale University's department of psychology, and her BA at Skidmore College.

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