Creating Conditions for Young People to Recover and Thrive: Q&A with Deborah Moroney, Ph.D.

MoroneyIn a recent Q&A with the Mott Foundation, Deborah Moroney, Ph.D. shared how research-based practices on social and emotional learning are needed now more than ever to support young people’s well-being, learning and recovery. She discussed how in-school and out-of-school-time programs can draw on reopening guidance from the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize mental health and SEL supports in recovery plans.

She also described emerging practices in SEL, and the kinds of partnerships, innovation and flexibility that allow young people to reengage in ways that work for them.  

“Today, psychological distress among young people is higher than ever, including symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions,” Deborah Moroney said. “We need to come together across fields and sectors to bolster opportunities for learning and development for all young people.”  

Moroney, who holds doctoral and master's degrees in education, is a vice president at the American Institutes for Research, where she leads work in youth, family and community development. For the full interview, visit: 

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