Peter Salovey

President of the University

Biographical Info

Peter Salovey, President, is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He joined the Yale faculty in 1986 after receiving an A.B. and M.A. from Stanford University in 1980, with departmental honors and university distinction, and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1986. He holds secondary faculty appointments in the Schools of Management and Public Health and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in January 2003, Dean of Yale College in July 2004, Provost in October 2008, and President in July 2013.

As provost, Salovey facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as: enhancing career development and mentoring opportunities for all Yale faculty members; promoting faculty diversity; creating the Office of Academic Integrity; establishing the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; developing the West Campus; and overseeing the University’s budget during the global financial crisis.

Mr. Salovey has authored or edited thirteen books translated into eleven languages and published more than 350 journal articles and essays, focused primarily on human emotion and health behavior. With John D. Mayer he developed a broad framework called “Emotional Intelligence,” the theory that just as people have a wide range of intellectual abilities, they also have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action. In his research on health behavior, Mr. Salovey investigates the effectiveness of health promotion messages in persuading people to change risky behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS.

International Activity

  • Emotional intelligence and cultural differences
    Spain(2000 - 2012)
    Research with the University of Cadiz on cultural differences in emotional intelligence.
  • Emotional Intelligence in Japanese Workplaces

    In collaboration with a human resources consulting organization called EQ-Japan, this project explores the measurement of emotional skills, cultural differences in the manifestations of the intelligent use of emotions in workplace settings, and the role of emotional intelligence in human resources management (including placement, career development, and leadership).
  • Building the Capacity for AIDS Research
    South Africa(2000)
    This project focused on AIDS-related stigma and its effects on limiting the ability of HIV-infected women to choose a safe alternative to breastfeeding, thus risking transmission of HIV to their infants. It was conducted in partnership with the University of Pretoria to develop research infrastructure and strengthen the capacity for conducting HIV-related research in South Africa.
  • Emotional Intelligence and Personality Characteristics
    Germany(2000 - 2011)
    Professor Salovey collaborated with researchers at the University of Chemnitz in Germany on issues related to emotional intelligence and personality characteristics.
  • Understanding HIV-Relevant Stigma in India
    This research investigates the beliefs and values about HIV-related stigma in hospital settings, and how such stigma affects treatment and health-seeking behavior related to HIV. Three public hospitals in Pune, India are serving as research sites. After qualitative data is collected from patients and health care workers, quantitative measures are being developed and used to measure unconscious biases and preferences among health care providers. Debriefing focus groups are held to elicit discussion from health care professionals on how to improve the care and support of HIV positive patients, and for the staff which serve that population.

Education & Training

Stanford University (1980)
Yale University (1983)
Yale University (1984)
Yale University (1986)

Honors & Recognition

  • G. Stanley Hall Lecturer
    American Psychological Association (2008)
  • Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal
    Graduate School Alumni Association, Yale University (2004)
  • National Cancer Institute CIS Partner in Research Award
    National Cancer Institute (2001)
  • Distinguished Honorary International Affiliate
    Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions, University of Haifa, Israel (1999)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Excellence Award
  • William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College
    Yale College (2000)

  • Sigma Xi (1986)
  • The Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences
  • Yale Senior Faculty Fellowship in the Social Sciences
    Yale University (1991)
  • Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research
  • Yale Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Social Sciences
    Yale University (1989)
  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer
  • Fellow, Davenport College
    Yale University (1988)
  • Bellagio Study Center, Residential Fellowship
    Rockefeller Foundation (1999)
  • Fellow, Davenport College
    Yale University (1988)
  • Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award
    National Science Foundation (1990)
  • Yale University Graduate School Fellowship
    Yale University (1984)

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