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Richard Hammett

Rick Hammett, Ed.D. is a co-principal with authors Gary Low, Ph.D. and Darwin Nelson, Ph.D. of Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc. (EILS), an educational concern dedicated to building healthy and effective individuals, schools, organizations, and communities. My education philosophy provides for positive change in people, which I believes is best achieved through person-centered teaching/coaching that includes the principles of transformative emotional intelligence (EI; Nelson & Low, 1977 – present). 
My research and professional interests include psychometry and the measure of latent human factors; how counseling and coaching theories enhance individual and group performance, organizational and school development—especially the development of EI leadership theory and models—and social-emotional learning standards for curricula across all levels of education. Scholarly contributions include Emotional Intelligence Leadership theory (Nelson, Low, & Hammett, 2008), HLN-EI Leadership Model (Hammett, Low, & Nelson, 2007), the Personal Excellence Map (PEM) (Nelson, Low, & Hammett, 2007), and the development of more dynamic representations of the Emotional Learning System (ELS).  Executive Editor of The International Journal of Transformative Emotional Intelligence (TIJTEI) and a founding faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute (  Teach graduate courses in counseling and educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Walden University, University of Houston-Victoria, and lead professional development workshops, seminars, conference programs, and symposia.


Low, G. R., Nel­son, D. B., & Ham­mett, R. D. (2015). Twenty first century skills for achieving edu­ca­tion, life, work success. Amer­i­can Journal of Edu­ca­tional Research, Special Issue.

Nelson, D., Low, G., Nelson, K., & Hammett, R. (2015). Teaching and learning excellence: Engaging self and others with emotional intelligence. Corpus Christi, TX: Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc. 

Nelson, D., Low, G., & Hammett, R. (2014). The relationship between MBTI® and LSTI® personality types in senior managers of a fortune 500 company. The International Journal of Transformative Emotional Intelligence, 3, 67-76.

Nelson, D., Low, G., Hammett, R. & Sen, A. (2013). Professional coaching: A transformative and research based model. Corpus Christi, TX: Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc. 

Hammett, R., Hollon, C., & Maggard, P. (2012).  Professional military education (PME) in the USAF SOS leadership course:  Incorporating emotional intelligence.  The International Journal of Transformative Emotional Intelligence, 1, 73–9 6.

Low, G.R. & Hammett, R.D. (2012). The transformational model of emotional intelligence: Improving student access and success. The International Journal of Trans­formative Emotional Intelligence, 1, 21–38.

Nelson, D., Low, G., & Hammett, R. (2012).  Emotionally intelligent teaching: Mentoring and teaching excellence using a transformative learning model.  In S. Myers & C. Anderson (Eds.), Dimensions in mentoring: A continuum of practice from beginning teachers to teacher leaders (243-255).  Boston: Sense Publishers.

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