Peter Salovey

President of the University

Departments & Organizations

Social & Behavioral Health

Cancer Prevention and Control

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy


Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY)

Cancer Prevention and Control


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.


  • M.A., Stanford University , 1980
  • M.S., Yale University , 1983
  • M.Phil., Yale University , 1984
  • Ph.D., Yale University , 1986

Selected Publication

  • Caruso, D.R., & Salovey, P. (2004). The emotionally intelligent manager. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • G. Stanley Hall Lecturer(2008) , American Psychological Association
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