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Peter Salovey, PhD

President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology; President of the University

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Peter Salovey, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Office of the President

    Yale University, PO Box 208229

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8229

    United States



Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, and professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, where his research on health behavior has focused on the effectiveness of health promotion messages in persuading people to change risky behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS. His presidential term began in July 2013.

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Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Psychology (1986)
  • MPhil
    Yale University, Psychology (1984)
  • MS
    Yale University, Psychology (1983)
  • MA
    Stanford University, Sociology (1980)


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

    Japan 2000
    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.
  • Understanding HIV-Relevant Stigma in India
    India 2000
    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.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
G. Stanley Hall LecturerAmerican Psychological Association2008
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Excellence Award2005
Wilbur Lucius Cross MedalGraduate School Alumni Association, Yale University2004
The Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences2002
National Cancer Institute CIS Partner in Research AwardNational Cancer Institute2001
Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research2001
American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer2001
William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale CollegeYale College2000
Distinguished Honorary International AffiliateCenter for Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions, University of Haifa, Israel1999
Bellagio Study Center, Residential FellowshipRockefeller Foundation1999
Yale Senior Faculty Fellowship in the Social SciencesYale University1991
Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) AwardNational Science Foundation1990
Yale Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Social SciencesYale University1989
Fellow, Davenport CollegeYale University1988
Fellow, Davenport CollegeYale University1988
Sigma Xi1986
Yale University Graduate School FellowshipYale University1984

Professional Service

Provost’s Standing Advisory and Appointments Committee for the Yale School of Management2002 - 2004
Committee on Yale College EducationChairperson2001 - 2003
Provost's Standing Advisory and Appointments Committee for the Yale School of Nursing2000 - 2003
University Budget Committee2000 - Present

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