Peter Salovey

Yale University President & Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

Peter Salovey

After completing his undergraduate education at Stanford University, Peter Salovey received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University in 1986 and was appointed to the faculty in the same year. He is now the President of Yale University, after having served as Provost of Yale University, and, prior to that,  as well as dean of Yale College, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as chairman of the department of psychology. He is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and professor of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Professor Salovey is also the director of the Department of Psychology's Health, Emotion, and Behavior (HEB) Laboratory and was previously the deputy director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). The program of research conducted in professor Salovey's laboratory concerns two general issues: (a) the psychological significance and function of human moods and emotions, especially the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace, school, and social relations and (b) the application of social psychological principles to motivating health protective behaviors. Professor Salovey has published more than 350 articles in the scientific literature and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, and has served on the NSF Social Psychology Advisory Panel as well as the NIMH National Mental Health Advisory Council.


  • PhD, Yale University, 1986
  • MA, Stanford University, 1980
  • BA, Stanford University, 1980


Carson Scholars Fund Leadership Award
DEd, doctorate honoris causa, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Exceptional Lifetime Achievement Award
International Conference on Advances in Management
Elected member
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
American Psychological Association, G. Stanley Hall Lecturer
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Excellence Award
Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal
Graduate School Alumni Association, Yale University
The Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences


Guilford Press series on Emotions and Social Behavior
Oxford University Press Companion to the Affective Sciences, 2005-2008
Associate Editor
Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior, Sage Publications, 2001-2003
Section Editor
Emotion, 2000-2002
Associate Editor
Review of General Psychology, 1996-2002
Founding Editor
Oxford University Press Handbook of Affective Science, 1998-2002
Section Editor
APA-Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology, 1996-1999
Associate Editor
Psychological Bulletin, 1991-1996
Associate Editor