Stephani L. Wrabel

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Associate Policy Researcher; Affiliate 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 is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. She is interested in the design and effectiveness of federal and state social policy and the ways federal policy differs across state and local contexts. More specifically, her research focuses on K-12 education and military families.

Wrabel has particular expertise in standards-based accountability design and student mobility. Some of her ongoing work includes multi-year studies of social-emotional learning partnerships serving elementary school students and 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 a M.Ed. from the University of Florida and B.A. from Boston University.

Selected Publications

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

Wrabel, Stephani L., Rebecca Herman, and Susan M. Gates., RAND School Leadership Intervention Evaluation Toolkit, (TL-239-WF), 2018

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