Yale Bulletin and Calendar

May 25, 2001Volume 29, Number 31Three-Week Issue

Peter Salovey

Peter Salovey appointed to Argyris chair

Peter Salovey, newly named as the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, has focused his research on the psychological significance and function of human moods and emotions, and the application of social psychological principles to motivate people to adopt behaviors that protect their health.

Salovey is also professor of epidemiology and public health and chair of the Department of Psychology. He directs the psychology department's Health, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory and is deputy director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He also has affiliations with the Yale Cancer Center and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

The psychologist's recent work on emotion has focused on the ways in which feelings facilitate adaptive cognitive and behavioral functioning. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework, coined "emotional intelligence," to describe how people understand, manage and use their emotions. Much of his recent health behavior research has been investigations into how educational and public health messages can best be tailored to promote prevention and early detection behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS. He has examined, for example, the effectiveness of multicultural messages in motivating women to have mammograms versus those geared to specific ethnic groups.

Salovey has published over 165 articles and authored or coauthored numerous books. These include "Peer Counseling," "The Psychology of Jealousy and Envy," "The Remembered Self: Emotions and Memory in Personality," "Emotional De-velopment and Emotional Intelligence: Educational Implications" and "At Play in the Fields of Consciousness." With Dennis C. Turk, he edited "Reasoning, Inference, and Judgment in Clinical Psychology." He edits the Guilford Press series "Emotions and Social Behavior."

A graduate of Stanford University, where he also completed a master's degree in sociology, Salovey holds three Yale degrees in psychology: an M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984) and a Ph.D. (1986). He joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor in 1986 and has been a full professor since 1995.

Salovey received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among other organizations. In his leisure time, Salovey plays bass with the musical group Professors of Bluegrass.


Yale Celebrates 300th Commencement

Festival to feature everything from opera to aerial dancers

Alumni returning to campus for reunion weekends


Exhibit recalls Snowdon's 'irreverent' photographic visions

British Art Center hosting talks, trips, music during International Festival

International Festival of Arts and Ideas: Events on Campus

International Festival of Arts and Ideas: Tours


Outreach program bringing seniors to the Peabody

Campus Notes

Bulletin Home|Visiting on Campus|Calendar of Events|In the News|Bulletin Board

Yale Scoreboard|Classified Ads|Search Archives|Deadlines

Bulletin Staff|Public Affairs Home|News Releases| E-Mail Us|Yale Home Page