The Social intelligence Institute, founded in 2013, is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt research and educational organization. Our mission is to help individuals and organizations embrace healthy human connection and turn away from detachment, disengagement, and disregard of others. We accomplish this by:

  • Promoting awareness of Social Intelligence principles.
  • Developing and implementing science-based training programs for specific populations across all levels and sectors of society.
  • Measuring and evaluating processes and outcomes to continuously improve mission-centered program effectiveness.
  • Contributing outcomes data to aid in scientific research conducted by others who are studying the value and role of human relationships.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Executive Team

Project Managers

Saul Castro at the Social Intelligence Institute

Saul Castro

Ryan Shaw

Ryan Shaw

Belinda Chiu

Belinda Chiu


 Academic Advisory Board

David Coon, PhD., Nancy Gonzalez, PhD., Pauline Komenich, PhD., RN, Suniya Luthar, PhD., Morris Okun, PhD., Frank Infurna, PhD., and Jose Ashford, PhD.

Social Intelligence Volunteers

Faculty and students from Arizona State University, business leaders and marketing experts, social media/technology  experts, and community members. This group is the life-blood of our organization. Their selfless dedication to our mission is awe-inspiring and we are so grateful for everything they do!

Partnership Organizations

Local, state, and federal organizations including the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Metropolitan Arts Institute, Arizona Departments of Health and Education, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections,  Arizona’s Area Agency on Aging, The National Institutes of Health, Arizona Leading Age, City of Phoenix Prosecutors Office, and Ithaca College Gerontology Institute.


Alex is Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Clinical Psychology. He has dedicated his career to the study of psychological, social and organizational roots of resilience, and the design of interventions that enhance well-being for individuals, organizations, and communities. His current research focuses on the resilience across the life-span, funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. His most recent work includes the development and testing of interventions for depression, chronic pain, and social intelligence. His most recent book with co-authors Reich and Hall, is entitled Handbook of Adult Resilience, by Guilford Press He is also the author of Emotions, Stress, and Health, published by Oxford University Press.
John is Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. As a founder and former Director of the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs, Center for Urban Studies, Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Co-Director of the Resilience Solutions Group, Dr. Hall has specialized in linking the University to pressing community public policy and governance issues. He is co-principal investigator of a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to examine resilience contributions to health and well-being in diverse social areas of the Phoenix region. In 2007, he was awarded the inaugural Arizona State University Faculty Achievement Award for Defining Edge Research in Public Policy. He is the author or co-author of over 150 books, articles, reports and papers about urban, regional, and intergovernmental governance issues.

Charles Flanagan is the Director of Community Partnerships with Rio Salado Community College and administers the Rio@Southern, the Rio Communiversity@Queen Creek, and the Rio East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) locations.

Previously, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Governor Brewer signed legislation establishing the Department of Child Safety (DCS), and selected Charles Flanagan to serve as Director of the transitional child welfare agency. Charles held this position through February 2014. Prior to this appointment, Charles served as the Chair of the Governor’s independent Child Advocate Response Evaluation (CARE) Team in response to the discovery of more than 6,500 “not investigated” reports.

Prior to DCS, the Governor appointed Charles as the Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) in 2011, after serving as the Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).

Charles has more than 29 years in state service of which 22 have been in an executive role, including serving as Warden at two prison complexes; Assistant Director, and CEO of Correctional Industries, as well as having administered all ADC academic and career technical education programs.

Charles also served as the Director of the Correctional Education Division and Program Co-Chair for the Administration of Justice Studies at Cochise Community College and has a strong community orientation, specializing in creating community partnerships.

Prior to state service, Charles had a successful 14 year career in the performing arts based in the United States and Europe.

Charles has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is a Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University.

Scott Erickson is an AV-rated Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law, an eight-time Super Lawyers honoree, and a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Estate and Trust Advisory Commission, which assists the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization in the certification of estate and trust law practitioners.

Rob Lubitz is the retired Director of Juvenile Justice for the Arizona Supreme Court. He previously served as the State Courts Administrator for the Florida Supreme Court; Deputy Director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts; Director of the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission; Director of the North Carolina Sentencing & Policy Advisory Commission; Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing; and Deputy Administrator for OJJDP.

He is a published novelist and currently serves on several juvenile justice and court-related boards including the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission and the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Edmundo Hidalgo –Vice President, Outreach & Partnerships
Edmundo Hidalgo serves as vice president of Outreach Partnerships within Arizona State University (ASU)’s Educational Outreach & Student Services, where he leads ASU’s efforts to develop a comprehensive approach to private and public-sector partnerships.
Prior to his current appointment, Edmundo served as Chief Executive Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC). Edmundo’s dynamic leadership led CPLC to double-digit growth in each of the past five years of the last 7 years and catapulted the organization into a highly visible advocate for social and economic development, particularly in low-income Latino communities. In 2014, he was named 1 of 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business, and one of the 25 most influential minority business leaders by Arizona Business Magazine.
For more than 30 years, Chick Arnold has been a forceful advocate for the rights of the elderly and mentally ill. His 1981 class action lawsuit on behalf of Maricopa County’s seriously mentally ill population, Arnold v. Sarn, has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans. A Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization), Chick chairs the Maricopa County Superior Courts’ Task Force on Mental Health Services, has been a member of the Mental Health Association of Maricopa County: Board of Directors since 1981,and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Elder Law and Mental Health Section. His many awards include the Judge Learned Hand Community Service Award in recognition of his “sustained contributions to the advancement of equality and democratic principles,” the RISE Lifetime Achievement Award, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, 2015, and the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Chick is an AV Preeminent rated attorney, signifying Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for legal ability and ethical standards. He is a nine-time Super Lawyers selectee.
Executive Director

Eva has over 20 years of professional experience in health care and classroom instruction. She is the founder and creative inspiration for the Social Intelligence (SI) Institute. Her work centers on the translation of complex concepts and the latest scientific evidence from social neuroscience and psychological research into easy-to-understand on-line/mobile learning programs in social intelligence. In addition, she is the creative director of the Resilience Solutions Group LLC., where she has designed web-based behavioral medicine interventions to treat patients with chronic pain and depression.

Director of SII International

Carmen, a professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, holds a PhD in Psychology, a Master in Clinical Psychology, and a Master in Epidemiology and Health. She has dedicated her career to the study of psychological, social, and emotional processes in chronic pain, as well as the design of interventions that enhance well-being and health. She has more than 6 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, addressing problems from a scientific approach based on psychological well-being, positive psychology, and quality of life. She is always looking to improve deficits in positive affective resources that appear critical to enhancing physical and psychological functioning in patients, and sustaining health and well-being over the long term. Her current research focuses on utilizing social intelligence training as health promotion training in education. Because the goals of the SI Institute match her own personal scientific research goals, she is pursuing an SI initiative in Spain-a career she chose that permits her to intertwine her research, clinical work, and a long-standing personal interest and practice in education.

Director of IT

Adrian earned a Master degree in Programme in Information and Knowledge Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the Universidad de Sevilla.

He has extensive experience in project management, e-Learning development and Web Content Management (CMS) with 9 plus years of commercial experience in large Education and Training projects for the public sector, private sector, Universities, and projects co-funded by the European Union.

He is the lead developer of our complex and challenging web developments and integrations.