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American Psychological Association Honors Salovey

September 1, 2015

Yale President and former Dean of the Graduate School Peter Salovey (PhD 1986, Psychology) was honored recently with the American Psychological Association’s 2015 Outstanding Contribution Award by a Senior Professional from the Division of Health Psychology.  

Salovey’s body of work includes thirteen authored or edited books which have been translated into eleven languages and more than 350 peer-reviewed articles or chapters. Along the way, he earned nineteen professional awards and received honorary degrees from the University of Pretoria, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, National Tsing Hua University, and, most recently, Harvard University. In 2013, Salovey was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

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 actions.

After receiving his AB (Psychology) and AM (Sociology) degrees from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, Salovey came to Yale for his doctorate. He served as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and joined the faculty after graduation. The fit was so good that he has remained here his entire career. He was dean of the Graduate School in 2003 and 2004, before being named dean of Yale College (2004-2008) and then university provost (2008-2013). In 2013, he became president of the university.

Salovey has studied the connection between human emotion and health. He founded the Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory, which is now called the Center for Emotional Intelligence, and played key roles at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. He is currently the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and holds secondary faculty appointments in the Schools of Management and Public Health, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Department of Sociology.