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 is interested in the design and effectiveness of federal and state policy and the ways policy varies across state and local contexts. Her research focuses on K-12 education and military-connected youth and families. 

Wrabel has particular expertise in standards-based accountability policy, student mobility, and social emotional learning. Some of her ongoing work includes a multi-year study of social-emotional learning partnerships serving elementary school students in schools and out-of-school time programs and 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

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

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