Shauna Tominey

Academic interests

My research focuses broadly on social and emotional learning (SEL) for children, youth, and adults. As a former practitioner and family services professional, I blend practical experience with research to develop and test programs focused on the intersections of SEL, identity, and racial/social justice and study how each can be supported for children, youth, and adults in the context of relationships at school, at home, and in the community.


Shauna Tominey, PhD is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. She is honored to be serving families and parenting educators across the state through the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative and early childhood through the Early Learning System Initiative. As a former early childhood teacher and parenting educator, Shauna blends practical experience with research to develop programs aimed at promoting social-emotional skills for children and the adults. With specific interest in healing-centered and anti-racist approaches to social and emotional learning, she is a member of LiberatED and enjoys collaborating on projects that explore the intersections between SEL, identity, and racial/social justice.


Her current research projects also include:  


Dr. Tominey is the author of “Creating Compassionate Kids: Essential Conversations to Have With Young Children” and a regular contributor for PBS Parents. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. Her favorite moments come from spending time with her family, learning something new from the community, and shared moments that help us see humanity in one another.

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