Robert J. Sternberg

Professor of Human Development, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Robert J. Sternberg was most recently President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He also is Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University.

He was previously Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University, and before that, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University.

He is a Past President of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, as well as Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Current Research Activities:

Sternberg’s main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, leadership, ethics, love, and hate.  He has taught courses in most of these areas, as well as in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, introductory psychology, and professional socialization.

He is the author of more than 1,500 publications and, as a principal investigator, has received more than $20 million in grant funding. Sternberg has won more than two dozen awards for his work.

He was cited in an APA Monitor report as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60) and in a report by Diener and colleagues as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#61). 


B.A., Psychology, Yale University 
Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University
13 honorary doctorates from 12 different countries