Stephani L. Wrabel

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Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in urban education policy, University of Southern California; M.Ed. in student personnel in higher education, University of Florida; B.A. in psychology, Boston University


Stephani L. Wrabel (she/her) is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She researches K-12 education and defense policies, programs, and practices intended to improve the lives of young persons, families, and servicemembers. Wrabel has particular expertise in standards-based accountability policy, student mobility, social emotional learning, Department of Defense youth programs, and military morale, welfare, and recreation programs. Her ongoing work includes a multi-year study of social and emotional learning partnerships in schools and out-of-school time programs as well as a multi-year investigation of a residential, quasi-military program for youth experiencing difficulty in traditional high schools. 

She earned her Ph.D. in urban education policy from the University of Southern California. She also holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida and a B.A. from Boston University.

Selected Publications

Wrabel, Stephani L., Bush-Mecenas, Susan, and Woo, Ashley, Seeking Balance in the Provision of Technical Assistance: Insights from the National Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, RAND Corporation (RR-A1161-1), 2021

Wrabel, Stephani L., Laura S. Hamilton, Anamarie A. Whitaker, and Sean Grant, Investing in Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning: Companion Guide to Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, (RR-2739), 2018

Schwartz, Heather L., Hamilton, Laura S., Faxon-Mills, Susannah, Gomez, Celia J., Huguet, Alice, Jaycox, Lisa H., Leschitz, Jennifer T., Prado Tuma, Andrea, Tosh, Katie, Whitaker, Anamarie A., and Wrabel, Stephani L., Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning, RAND Corporation (RR-A379-1), 2020

Meadows, Sarah O., Stephanie B. Holliday, Wing Chan, Stephani L. Wrabel, Margaret Tankard, Dana Schultz, Chris M. Busque, Felix Knutson, Leslie A. Payne, and Laura L. Miller, Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs and Services: Contributions to Airman and Family Resilience and Readiness, (RR-2670), 2019

Grant, Sean, Laura S. Hamilton, Stephani L. Wrabel, Celia J. Gomez, Anamarie Whitaker, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Fatih Unlu, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Garrett Baker, Mark Barrett, Mark Harris, and Alyssa Ramos., Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, (RR-2133), 2017

Wenger, Jennie W., Louay Constant, Linda Cottrell, Thomas E. Trail, Michael J. D. Vermeer, and Stephani L. Wrabel., National Guard Youth ChalleNGe: Program Progress in 2015–2016., (RR-1848), 2017

Herman, Rebecca, Susan M. Gates, Aziza Arifkhanova, Mark Barrett, Andriy Bega, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Eugeniu Han, Mark Harris, Katya Migacheva, Rachel Ross, Jennifer T. Leschitz, and Stephani L. Wrabel, School Leadership Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review: Updated and Expanded, (RR-1550-3), 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Innovation Spotlight Award, RAND


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    Choosing the Right Social and Emotional Learning Programs and Practices

    Educators have become increasingly interested in supporting students to cultivate the inter- and intra-personal skills that are developed through the process of social and emotional learning. A new guide developed at RAND is meant to help educators adopt evidenced-based interventions that fit the needs of their students and communities.

    Feb 5, 2019 The Wallace Foundation