Dr. Peter Salovey

Peter SaloveyPresident
Yale University

Dr. Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, as well as a member of the URA Board of Trustees. Prior to becoming president, he served as the provost of the university as well as dean of Yale College, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Department of Psychology.

He has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of 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 widely accepted 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 addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, Dr. 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), and Harvard University (2015). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013.

After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University with departmental honors and university distinction, Dr. Salovey earned his M.S., M.Phil., and PhD degrees in psychology at Yale.