Sherri Widen

Sherri Widen ( is a Research Scientist at CEPA Labs. She has an extensive background in investigating the development of children’s concepts of emotions. Her program of basic research demonstrated that children begin with two broad and valence-based concepts (feels good vs. feels bad) which only gradually differentiate as children acquire adult-like emotion concepts. In 2013, she transitioned from basic research in psychology to more applied research in education settings with a focus on increasing children’s social-emotional skills to support their academic outcomes. Since 2015, she has been a part of the CEPA Labs team contributing to project management, curriculum development, study design, assessment development and administration, and manuscript preparation. Sherri holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Boston College.