Psychology Department Chair, Rice University
Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University. With 40 years of experience in applying psychological science to teamwork, learning and development, safety culture in complex and dynamic environments, Dr. Salas has a proven track record and passion for developing evidence-based principles, guidance, tools and interventions to improve teamwork, learning and safety across a wide variety of contexts such as aviation, oil and gas, military, emergency response, space exploration as well as healthcare. A prolific author with over 650 journal articles and chapters, co-edited 37 books and has co-authored two books.
Dr. Salas is a Past President of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Fellow of the APA, the HFES and Association for Psychological Science, and a recipient of the Meritorious Civil Service Award from the Department of the Navy. He is the recipient of the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Losey Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement from the INGroup, the 2012 Distinguished Professional Contributions & 2016 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, a four-time winner (2001, 2007, 2009 & 2013) of the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace, and the 2023 Wayne Casio Scientist-Practitioner Award, all of these awarded by SIOP. In addition, he has been awarded the 2023 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Sciences in recognition for outstanding lifetime contributions to the area of applied psychological research and the 2023 American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for impact in Psychology.
He received his doctoral degree in 1984 from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA).