Peter Salovey (/ˈsæləveɪ/; born February 21, 1958) is an American
social psychologist and current President of Yale University. He
previously served as Yale's Provost, Dean of Yale Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Yale College. Salovey is one of the
early pioneers and leading researchers in emotional intelligence.
1 Early life
2 Academic biography
3 Administrative career
5 Personal life
6 Selected bibliography
6.2 Edited volumes
8 External links
Salovey was born in 1958 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the
oldest child of Elaine Salovey, a registered nurse, and Ronald
Salovey, a physical chemist and Professor Emeritus of Chemical
Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern
California. His paternal grandparents came from Warsaw by way of
Jerusalem; they met on a ship crossing the Atlantic.
Salovey spent his early years in northern
New Jersey and attended high
Williamsville North High School
Williamsville North High School in a suburb of Buffalo, New
York before moving to suburban Los Angeles in 1975, when his father
was appointed a professor at the University of Southern California.
In 1976, he graduated co-valedictorian from Rolling Hills High School
in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He attended Stanford University,
where he received an
A.B. in psychology and an A.M. in sociology with
departmental honors and university distinction. While at Stanford,
he served as a peer counselor with The Bridge Peer Counseling Center,
a field about which he later co-authored a seminal textbook.
After graduating from Stanford, Salovey moved to New Haven,
Connecticut to pursue a
Ph.D. in psychology at Yale under the guidance
of Judith Rodin. After completing a dissertation entitled "The Effects
of Mood and Focus of Attention on Self-Relevant Thoughts and Helping
Intention," he graduated from Yale in 1986 and joined the Yale
Psychology as an assistant professor. He was
appointed full professor in 1995 and now has secondary faculty
appointments in Yale's School of Management, School of Public Health
and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is currently the
Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology.
Salovey's most significant research contributions are in the field of
emotional intelligence. With
John D. Mayer
John D. Mayer he significantly expanded
the scope of the concept and authored several of the field's seminal
papers, arguing that people have widely ranging abilities pertaining
to emotional control, reasoning, and perceptivity. Against earlier
theories of intelligence that conceived of emotion as rival to
reasoning, Salovey and Mayer contended that emotion could motivate
productive outcomes when properly directed. Subsequently, he
has worked to develop models and tests of emotional intelligence, such
as the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. Salovey's
second vein of research is in health psychology, where he has applied
social psychology principles to investigate the efficacy of health
messaging in promoting HIV risk reduction, early cancer detection, and
smoking cessation. In all, Salovey has authored or edited thirteen
books translated into eleven languages and published more than 350
journal articles and essays.
Outside Yale, Salovey has served on the National Science Foundation's
Psychology Advisory Panel, the National Institute of Mental
Health Behavioral Science Working Group, and the NIMH National
Advisory Mental Health Council. Salovey served as President of the
Society for General
Psychology and Treasurer of the International
Society for Research on Emotion. He was the founding editor of the
Review of General
Psychology and an associate editor of Emotion and
Having serving in various administrative roles within the Department
Psychology for a decade, Salovey was appointed Dean of the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences in January 2003. The following year he
replaced Richard Brodhead as Dean of Yale College. In October 2008, he
succeeded Andrew Hamilton as Provost of Yale University. As
Provost, Salovey oversaw major budget reductions caused by the 2008
recession, expansion of Yale's West Campus, the formation of
Yale–NUS College, reform of tenure policies for the Faculty of Arts
and Sciences, and an overhaul of sexual misconduct grievance
Speculation that Salovey was being considered for the Yale presidency
began nearly four years before President Rick Levin's August 2012
retirement announcement. After a nationwide search in which
Salovey was widely considered to be the frontrunner, the Yale
Corporation announced his selection as Yale's 23rd president in
November 2012. Salovey took office on July 1, 2013.
Salovey is the first Yale president since 1986 to live in the
President's House, the formal residence of the university
president. After a renovation, Salovey moved into the residence in
the fall of 2014.
In recognition of his research contributions, Salovey has received the
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the
National Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute CIS Partner in Research Award, and the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Excellence
Award. He has received two awards for excellence in teaching at Yale,
the William Clyde Devane Medal and the Lex Hixon '63 Prize for
Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. Other honors include
honorary degrees from the University of Pretoria, Shanghai Jiao Tong
University, Harvard University, and
National Tsing Hua University
National Tsing Hua University as
well as membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On
May 28, 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Harvard
As a freshman at Stanford, Salovey began listening to bluegrass music
and learned to play banjo. In 1990, he founded the Professors of
Bluegrass with Kelly Brownell, in which he plays bass. The band has a
rotating membership of Yale faculty, students, and residents of New
Haven and released its first album, "Pick or Perish," in June
2013. He also serves as a trustee of the International
Bluegrass Music Museum and on the advisory board of the Connecticut
Salovey is married to Marta Moret, a graduate of the Yale School of
Public Health and the president of Urban Policy Strategies. They
met as students at Yale and married in 1986 in Orange,
The Saloveys are descendants of the
Soloveichik rabbinic family.
Salovey's brother, Todd, is a director and professor of theater at the
University of California, San Diego.
D'Andrea, V. J., & Salovey, P. (1983). Peer counseling: Skills and
perspectives. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Rubin, Z., Peplau, L.A., & Salovey, P. (1993). Psychology. Boston:
Singer, J.A., & Salovey, P. (1993). The remembered self: Emotion
and memory in personality. New York: Free Press.
Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., & Caruso, D.R. (2002).
Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT): User’s
manual. Toronto, Ontario: Multi-Health Systems, Inc.
Caruso, D. R., & Salovey, P. (2004). The emotionally intelligent
manager. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Reasoning, inference, and judgment in clinical psychology. (1988).
eds. Turk, D. C., & Salovey, P. New York: Free Press.
The psychology of jealousy and envy. (1991). ed. Salovey, P. New York:
Peer counseling: Skills, ethics, and perspectives. (1996). eds.
D'Andrea, V.J., & Salovey, P. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior
Emotional development and emotional intelligence: Implications for
educators. (1997). eds. Salovey, P., & Sluyter, D. New York: Basic
At play in the fields of consciousness: Essays in honor of Jerome L.
Singer. (1999). eds. Singer, J.A., & Salovey, P. Mahwah, NJ:
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
The wisdom in feeling: Psychological processes in emotional
intelligence. (2002). eds. Feldman-Barrett, L., & Salovey, P. New
York: Guilford Press.
Key readings in the social psychology of health. (2003). eds. Salovey,
P., & Rothman, A.J. Philadelphia:
Emotional intelligence: Key readings on the Mayer and Salovey model.
(2004). eds. Salovey, P., Brackett, M.A., & Mayer, J.D. Port
Chester, NY: Dude Press.
Salovey, P., & Mayer, J. D. (1989). Emotional intelligence.
Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 9(3), 185-211.
Rodin, J., & Salovey, P. (1989). Health psychology. Annual Review
of Psychology, 40, 533-579
Mayer, J. D., & Salovey, P. (1993). The intelligence of emotional
intelligence. Intelligence, 17(4), 433-442.
Mayer, J. D., & Salovey, P. (1995).
Emotional intelligence and the
construction and regulation of feelings. Applied and Preventive
Psychology, 4(3), 197-208.
Rothman, A. J., & Salovey, P. (1997). Shaping perceptions to
motivate healthy behavior: the role of message framing. Psychological
Bulletin, 121(1), 3.
Mayer, J. D., Caruso, D. R., & Salovey, P. (1999). Emotional
intelligence meets traditional standards for an intelligence.
Intelligence, 27(4), 267-298.
Salovey, P., Rothman, A. J., Detweiler, J. B., & Steward, W. T.
(2000). Emotional states and physical health. American Psychologist,
Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., Caruso, D. R., & Sitarenios, G. (2001).
Emotional intelligence as a standard intelligence. Emotion, 1,
Lopes, P. N., Salovey, P., & Straus, R. (2003). Emotional
intelligence, personality, and the perceived quality of social
relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 35(3), 641-658.
Grewal, D. D., & Salovey, P. (2005). Feeling smart: The science of
emotional intelligence. American Scientist, 93, 330-339.
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^ Although Salovey and Mayer are frequently credited with the term's
origination, they attribute it to earlier researchers such as Wayne
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house". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
^ "Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for
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^ Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2001
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Christina Paxson (Brown University)
Lee Bollinger (Columbia University)
Martha E. Pollack
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Philip J. Hanlon
Philip J. Hanlon (Dartmouth College)
Drew Gilpin Faust
Drew Gilpin Faust (Harvard University)
Amy Gutmann (University of Pennsylvania)
Christopher L. Eisgruber
Christopher L. Eisgruber (Princeton University)
Peter Salovey (Yale University)
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