Dr. Cimenna Chao Rebolledo

At present she is the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Social and Emotional Learning. Full time professor and researcher at the Department of Education at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and Director of the International Journal of Emotional Education and Wellbeing.

  • D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  • A. in Psychology, New York University (NYU).
  • Sc. in Psychobiology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  • Sc. in Physics. Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP).

For more than fourteen years, she has been a professor at the undergraduate and graduate level at Universidad Iberoamericana in the Departments of Education and Psychology, where she has been awarded the Teaching Merit Award.

She currently coordinates the Graduate Program in Social and Emotional Learning, at the Department of Education at Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico City, where she has also coordinated the Doctoral Program in Education, and the Undergraduate Program in Pedagogy.

She is Regional Representative for North America of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI), and National Delegate for the International Network for Emotional Education and Wellbeing (RIEEB, Red Internacional de Educación Emocional y Bienestar, in Spanish).

She has been chief advisor of the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP), at the General Directorate for Intercultural and Bilingual Education (CGEIB), the General Directorate for Higher Education and Teaching (DGESPE), the General Directorate for Innovation and Academic Enhancement (DGIFA), and the General Directorate for Curriculum Design (DGDC), where she was part of the leading team that designed the national curriculum on Social and Emotional Learning for elementary and middle school education in Mexico. She has collaborated and advised educational projects within United Nations agencies, including; UNESCO, UNICEF (where she lead the design and implementation of two online courses on social and emotional skills and learning strategies for K12 Mexican teachers at the national level), and UNDP (where she participated in the curricular and instructional design of the national program for social and emotional learning for high school education).

Her field of research focuses on teaching and learning processes, as well as the development of social, emotional, and cognitive skills in formal education contexts, and the use of technology in learning.

As a professor at the graduate and undergraduate level, she has thought courses related to Theories of Learning and Education, on Contemporary Pedagogical Theories, Cognitive Processes and Theories, as well as courses related to Social Emotional Learning Theories, and the Neurosciences of Perception, Emotions and Learning.

She is author of several book chapters and research articles in her field of study, and of school instructional materials in Social and Emotional Education, as well as of interactive multimedia games for education.

She is a national and international speaker in the fields of Psychology and Education.