Kim Schonert-Reichl returning to full-time position in the Faculty of Education

As Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl’s appointment as Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC ends June 30 2020, after much reflection, Kim has decided to step down and to not pursue a second term. She has decided to return to her full-time position as a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC. This is a part of a typical academic transition following the end of a 5-year term in an administrative role as the director or head of a UBC research or academic unit.

Kim has thoroughly enjoyed her time as the Director of HELP, particularly as she has had the privilege of working with an amazing staff and faculty at HELP and an incredible group of smart, talented, and passionate individuals from across the province who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in BC and beyond.

We are excited for Kim. She will be able to increase the time and attention she dedicates to her teaching, graduate student supervision, and to advancing the science and practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). We know that she remains committed to improving the social and emotional competence and well-being of children in BC, nationally, and internationally.

Fortunately, this is not goodbye. Kim will continue in her role as a faculty member at HELP and as the Principal Investigator of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). She will also continue to lead her other SEL research at HELP and will provide support to all other areas of HELP strategy to ensure that each remains strong.

Similar to other academic transitions within UBC’s Faculty of Medicine following a 5-year appointment, the search for a new Director will be led by the Faculty of Medicine and will begin soon. Kim will play an important advisory role to ensure that a new HELP Director is found with the passion and interests required to lead HELP. She will work closely with everyone to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership at HELP.

HELP will share more information about the transition as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director, at or 778 990 5797.