Executive Director & Chief Scientist
Susan Rivers, PhD, is Executive Director and Chief Scientist at iThrive Games, the nonprofit that aims to intentionally use and design games in the best interests of teens, to support their thriving. A social psychologist, she uses her expertise in emotional intelligence to enhance the social and emotional well-being of adolescents by accelerating the development and widespread adoption of interactive, evidence-based digital products. Susan earned her doctorate at Yale University where she later served on the research faculty in the Department of Psychology and co-founded the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her research has been funded by federal and nonfederal institutions including the Institute of Education Sciences, William T. Grant Foundation, Air Force Research Labs, and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. She has published extensively in scholarly journals and books, is co-author of several curricula for embedding social and emotional learning into academic instruction (preschool through middle school), and speaks at national and international conferences and events. Susan is a Fellow with the Billions Institute's Leadership for Large-Scale Social Change, and she lives and plays games in Newton, MA with her husband and three children.