Robert J. Sternberg
2003 APA President
Robert J. Sternberg is provost and senior vice president at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology and education at Tufts University. Before joining Tufts, Sternberg was the IBM professor of psychology and education at Yale University, where he spent his entire faculty career. He was also director of Yale’s PACE (Psychology of Abilities, Competencies and Expertise) Center.
Sternberg is the author of more than 1,200 journal articles, book chapters, and books, and has received more than $20 million in grants and contracts. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sternberg has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including intelligence, creativity, wisdom, leadership, love and close relationships, and hate. His work has taken him to five continents, where he has studied the relationship between culture and competence.
Sternberg was listed as one of the “Top 100 Psychologists of the 20th Century," APA Monitor, 2002; as one of the "100 Top Young Scientists in the U.S.", Science Digest, 1984; in the Esquire Register recognizing the achievements of outstanding American men and women under 40, 1986.
He received his PhD from Stanford University and his BA from Yale University. He also has received five honorary doctorates.
Sternberg was APA president in 2003 and has served on the Boards of Directors of the APA, APA Insurance Trust, American Psychological Foundation and Eastern Psychological Association. He has also been president of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology and the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.