Head of College & Associate Head of College

Head of College, Laurie Santos

laurie.santos@yale.edu / 203-432-5072

Laurie Santos, a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Program, assumed responsibility as Head of College in July of 2016. Professor Santos is a cognitive psychologist who studies what makes the human mind unique by exploring how animals think about the world. She studies the origins of human cognition by focusing on two different groups of animals: non-human primates (our closest living evolutionary relatives) and the domesticated dog (the species that lives most closely with humans). She is director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory (“CapLab”) and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. Professor Santos studies the evolutionary origins of both our smarter human capacities— such as our ability to think about what other people think and our capacity to learn from others’ teaching— and our not-so-smart capacities— such as our irrational economic biases and errors. Her “monkeynomics” studies on the later topic were featured in a 2010 TED talk which has been seen by over one million viewers.

Professor Santos received her A.B. in psychology and biology (1997) and Ph.D. in psychology (2003) from Harvard University. She joined Yale’s faculty in 2003 and was awarded tenure in 2010. Professor Santos has been recognized widely for her excellence in research and teaching. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The New Yorker. She is the recipient of the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. She was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was described in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.” In 2012, she was awarded the The Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Excellence in the Social Sciences.

Associate Head of College, Mark Maxwell

mark.maxwell@yale.edu

Head of College Santos is joined by her husband, Mark Maxwell. Associate Head of College Maxwell is currently a PhD Student working on his dissertation in the Department of Philosophy at Yale. His work in metaphysics and philosophy of science draws on his background in physics (He received his B.S. in physics at MIT) to investigate how laws of nature help structure our understanding of the world. Before coming to Yale, Maxwell worked as a computer programmer and then as a professional poker player, both of which continue to influence his approach to philosophy.

Operations Manager, Sergio Gonzalez

sergio.gonzalez@yale.edu

    

Senior Administrative Assistant, Elaine Vivero 

elaine.vivero@yale.edu203-432-0702

Prior to becoming a Sillimander in November, 2015, Elaine Vivero has worked for the past 6+ years at the Yale School of Management as the Program Coordinator for the Executive MBA program.  She also worked in a guidance office counseling high school seniors on the college application process and advising them of scholarship opportunities.   Elaine also has 13 years’ experience supporting IBM executives.  She is married and lives in Killingworth, Connecticut with her husband, Pat and their 2 large dogs, Morgan and Bella.  Her daughter is an elementary school teacher in Boston and her son is a 2nd year medical school student at Columbia.  She enjoys playing tennis, taking gym classes, singing in the church choir and hiking with her dogs.   Her paradise is their lakeside cottage in New Hampshire.