David Caruso, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

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


David is the co-founder of Emotional Intelligence (EI) Skills Group and a consulting psychologist at Yale University (Organizational Effectiveness and Staff Development). David was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development pre-doctoral fellow and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. He 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. Following the post-doc, he had corporate roles in market research, corporate planning, product management and executive assessment.

David is the co-author of the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and has provided feedback to thousands of executives. He and Peter Salovey wrote the tradebook, The Emotionally Intelligent Manager. David is a co-author (with Lisa Rees) of The Leader’s Guide to Solving Challenges with Emotional Intelligence and with Lisa and David Adams of the Educator’s Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence. David has published numerous articles – peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and chapters - on emotional intelligence. He has spoken on emotional intelligence to audiences around the world (Brazil to Ireland to China to Saudi Arabia), applying the hard skills of emotional intelligence to many different fields (e.g., Lockheed Martin, World Economic Forum, Google, Procore, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, US Coast Guard Academy, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and US Naval War College).


Mayer, J.D., Caruso, D.R., Sitarenios, G., & Escobar, M.R. (in press). How many emotional intelligence abilities are there? An examination of four measures of emotional intelligence? Personality and Individual Differences.

Mayer, J.D., Caruso, D.R., & Panter, A.T. (2021). How do people think about understanding personality – and what do such thoughts reflect? Personality and Individual Differences.

Caruso, D.R. & Rees, L.T. (2019). Developing leaders of character with emotional intelligence. Journal of Character Development, 6, 43-51.

Mayer, J.D., Caruso, D.R., & Salovey, P. (2016). The ability model of emotional intelligence: Principles and updates. Emotion Review, 8, 1-11.

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

Caruso, D.R. & Rees, L.T. (2018). A Leader’s Guide to Solving Challenges with Emotional Intelligence. CT: EI Skills Group. 

Caruso, D.R., Rees, L.T., & Adams, D. (2020). The Educator’s Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence. CT: EI Skills Group. 

Caruso, D.R. & Rees, L.T. (2021). Developing Your Emotional Intelligence Skills. CT: EI Skills Group.

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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