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Peter Salovey, PhD

President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology; President of the University; Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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Peter Salovey, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    PO Box 208229

    New Haven, CT 06520-8229

    United States


Peter Salovey is the twenty-third president of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He holds secondary faculty appointments in the School of Management, the School of Public Health, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Sociology Department. He became president of the university in July 2013.

President Salovey has led the development of new programs and facilities across the schools and departments of Yale, including restructuring the leadership of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and opening two new residential colleges, expanding Yale College enrollment by 15 percent. He is advancing innovative teaching on campus; amplifying Yale’s partnerships in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world; and enhancing multidisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial opportunity for faculty and students. President Salovey is committed to increasing access to a Yale education for students worldwide regardless of their financial background.

Prior to becoming president, President Salovey served as the provost of Yale University from 2008 to 2013. As provost, he 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.

Other leadership roles at Yale have included serving as chair of the Department of Psychology (2000 to 2003); dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003 to 2004); and dean of Yale College (2004 to 2008).

After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, President Salovey earned three degrees at Yale in psychology: M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984), and Ph.D. (1986). Since joining the Yale faculty in 1986, he has studied the connections among emotion, health communication, and health behavior, with a special focus on emotional intelligence, in collaboration with Jack Mayer. He played key roles in multiple Yale programs including the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, which President Salovey founded and is now the Center for Emotional Intelligence; the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; and the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program.

President Salovey has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of journal articles and essays. In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, President Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Pretoria (2009), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2014), National Tsing Hua University (2014), Harvard University (2015), McGill University (2018), University of Haifa (2018), and Vytautas Magnus University (2019). In 2013, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Medicine.

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Education & Training

  • Pre-doctoral Intern
    West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center (1986)
  • PhD
    Yale University, Psychology (1986)
  • MPhil
    Yale University, Psychology (1984)
  • MS
    Yale University, Psychology (1983)
  • MA
    Stanford University, Sociology (1980)
  • AB
    Stanford University, Psychology (1980)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected MemberNational Academy of Medicine2013
Elected MemberAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences2013
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
William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale CollegeYale College2000

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