Julia Mahfouz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership program. Her research agenda has been shaped by more than 10 years of educational work as an international educator in the capacity of high school teacher, principal (K-12), and curriculum coordinator. Mahfouz’s research interests include exploring the social and emotional dynamics of educational settings and their effect on school climate. She has examined the influence of mindfulness-based professional development program (CARE) on the well-being and leadership of school administrators. She is particularly focused on applying this research to improving principal preparation programs and enhancing the principals’ social-emotional competencies and their capacity to cultivate a supportive learning environment.