Julia Mahfouz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Leadership for Educational Organizations program, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado-Denver. She has been recently selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of CASEL Weissberg scholars. Her research explores the social, emotional, and cultural dynamics of educational settings placing specific emphasis on Adult SEL, specifically school administrators and the integration of systemic SEL into principal preparation programs. She also investigated how preparation programs, professional development, and certification standards can be strengthened to enhance effective leadership by supporting principals to deepen their social and emotional competencies.
Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Education and Urban Society, Mindfulness, College Student Affairs Journal, and in practitioner outlets such as The Learning Professional and Education Canada.
She is currently (2022-2023) the outgoing program chair of Social Emotional Learning Special Interest Group (SIG), program chair of International Studies SIG, and the chair of Leadership for School Improvement SIG under American Educational Research Association (AERA).
She is also one of the co-editors of book series, Educational Policy and Leadership in the Middle East and North Africa. Her co-edited book, titled, Supporting Leaders for School Improvement through Self-Care and Wellbeing will be out in 2023.