David Caruso, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

Affiliation: EI Skills Group
Email: David@eiskills.com


David is a co-founder of the EI Skills Group, the Special Assistant to the Dean of Yale College (for organization development) and a Research Affiliate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is the co-author of the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), and with colleague Peter Salovey published a practical “how-to” book, The Emotionally Intelligent Manager. David has published dozens of scientific articles and chapters on intelligence and emotional intelligence.

He spends much of his time coaching and training clients on leadership and emotional intelligence and he delivers hands-on, practical emotional intelligence training to schools, organizations and leaders around the world.

He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and was then awarded a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in Developmental Psychology at Yale University.  He next held positions in market research, strategic planning, and product line management. During that time, David led numerous product development teams, trained sales staff, and developed marketing plans in the United States and Europe.


Shao, B., Doucet, L., & Caruso, D.R. (2014). Universality versus cultural specificity of three emotion domains: A study based on the cascading model of emotional intelligence. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 1-23.

Mayer, J.D., Caruso, D.R., & Panter, A.T. (2012). Toward development of a test of personal intelligence. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94, 124–140.

Mayer, J. D., Salovey, P., & Caruso, D.R. (2008). Emotional intelligence: New ability or eclectic mix of traits? American Psychologist, 63, 503-517.

Caruso, D.R. & Gentry, K.F. (2005). Cultivating leadership in the IT worldBusiness - IT Strategies Executive Report, 8 (whole number 1).

Caruso, D.R. (2004). Defining the Inkblot Called Emotional IntelligenceIssues in Emotional Intelligence, [On-line serial], 1(1).



Caruso, D.R., & Salovey, P. (2004). The Emotionally Intelligent Manager. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brackett, M, Caruso, D.R., & Stern, R. (2014). Anchors of Emotional Intelligence.  Port Chester NY: Dude Press.

Book Chapters

Caruso, D.R. (in press). International negotiations and emotional intelligence. In M. Galluccio (Ed.), Handbook of International Negotiation: Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Diplomatic Perspectives.

Caruso, D.R., Fleming, K. & Spector, E. (2014). Emotional intelligence in leadership.  In G. Goethals (Ed.) Core concepts in leadership.

Caruso, D.R. & Salovey, P. (2008). Coaching for emotional intelligence.  In J. Passmore (Ed.) Psychometrics in coaching (pp.151-170). London: Kogan Page.

Caruso, D.R., Bienn, B. & Kornacki, S.A. (2006).  Emotional intelligence in the workplace.  In J. Ciarrochi, J. Forgas & J.D. Mayer (Eds.), Emotional intelligence in everyday life (2nd edition).  Philadelphia: Psychology Press.




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