Peter Salovey, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Center for Health & Learning Games

Global Health Studies


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)

Honors & Recognition

  • G. Stanley Hall LecturerAmerican Psychological Association (2008)

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Excellence Award (2005)

  • Wilbur Lucius Cross MedalGraduate School Alumni Association, Yale University (2004)

  • The Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences (2002)

  • National Cancer Institute CIS Partner in Research AwardNational Cancer Institute (2001)

  • Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research (2001)

  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer (2001)

  • William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale CollegeYale College (2000)

  • Distinguished Honorary International AffiliateCenter for Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions, University of Haifa, Israel (1999)

  • Bellagio Study Center, Residential FellowshipRockefeller Foundation (1999)

  • Yale Senior Faculty Fellowship in the Social SciencesYale University (1991)

  • Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) AwardNational Science Foundation (1990)

  • Yale Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Social SciencesYale University (1989)

  • Fellow, Davenport CollegeYale University (1988)

  • Fellow, Davenport CollegeYale University (1988)

  • Sigma Xi (1986)

  • Yale University Graduate School FellowshipYale University (1984)

Professional Service

  • Provost’s Standing Advisory and Appointments Committee for the Yale School of Management (2002 - 2004)

  • Committee on Yale College Education (2001 - 2003) Chairperson

  • Provost's Standing Advisory and Appointments Committee for the Yale School of Nursing (2000 - 2003)

  • University Budget Committee (2000 - Present)


  • 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
 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

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Contact Info

Peter Salovey, PhD
Office Location
Department of PsychologyKirtland Hall
2 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Office of the PresidentYale University
PO Box 208229

New Haven, CT 06520-8229