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Christine Y. Mason, PhD

Founder and Executive Director

Chris is an educational psychologist and CEI’s Founder and Executive Director. She is responsible for research, professional development, and special initiatives. Chris is a nationally recognized expert in the area of educational reform, mindfulness, teacher mentoring, and special education. She has made more than 500 national, international, regional, and local presentations on topics ranging from inclusion and IDEA to student self-determination and integrating the arts.

Chris has served as a researcher, professor, senior scientist in disability education, university professor, evaluator, consultant, and entrepreneur. She has also served as an Interim Principal at the Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India; Director of Professional Development for the Student Support Center in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Research Scientist with CESSI in McLean, Va.; and the Senior Director for Research and Development with the Council for Exceptional Children in Arlington, VA. She is an IKYTA certified yoga instructor with 17 years experience teaching weekly yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes She is also a certified radiant child yoga instructor.

Chris has authored more than 100 books and articles; and served as the principal investigator, director or evaluator on over 15 national projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. Two of these projects focused on teacher mentoring and several projects involved best practices implementation. She has served on many national panels and advisory committees and led strategic planning for federal and project initiatives at two national organizations. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from The Ohio State University and has received awards as a Distinguished Researcher (in Montana) and fellowships for post-doctorate work both from the University of Washington and also to assist with educational planning in India.