About Dr. Ekman

About Dr. Ekman

Dr. Paul Ekman is the Founder and President of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a company that produces training tools relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating research relevant to national security and law enforcement.

In 2009 he established Paul Ekman International plc (PEI) with The Emotional Intelligence Academy under license to create a network of partners across the world to make his work more accessible.


Paul Ekman was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Adelphi University (1958), after a one year internship at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute.

After two years as a Clinical Psychology Officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to Langley Porter where he worked from 1960 to 2004. His research on facial expression and body movement began in 1954, as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 1955 and his first publication in 1957. In his early work, his approach to nonverbal behaviour showed his training in personality.

Over the next decade, a social psychological and cross-cultural emphasis characterised his work, with a growing interest in an evolutionary and semiotic frame of reference. In addition to his basic research on emotion and its expression, he has, for the last thirty years, also been studying deceit.

Honours and Awards

In 1971, he received a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; that Award has been renewed in 1976, 1981, 1987, 1991, and 1997. His research was supported by fellowships, grants and awards from the National Institute of Mental Health for over forty years.

Articles reporting on Dr. Ekman’s work have appeared in Time Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Psychology Today, The New Yorker and others, both American and foreign. Numerous articles about his work have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other national newspapers. He has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson and many other TV programs. He has also been featured on various public television programs such as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Bill Moyers’ The Truth About Lying.

Ekman is a co-author of Emotion in the Human Face (1971), Unmasking the Face (1975), Facial Action Coding System (1978), editor of Darwin and Facial Expression (1973), co-editor of Handbook of Methods in Nonverbal Behavior Research (1982), Approaches to Emotion (1984), The Nature of Emotion (1994), What the Face Reveals (1997), and author of Face of Man (1980), Telling Lies (1985, paperback, 1986, second edition, 1992, third edition, 2001, 4th edition 2008), Why Kids Lie (1989, paperback 1991), Emotions Revealed, (2003), New Edition (2009) Telling Lies, Dalai Lama-Emotional Awareness (2008) and New Edition Emotions Revealed (2007).  He is the editor of the third edition (1998) and the fourth edition (2009) of Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1998). He has also published more than 100 articles.

  • 1983 : Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, San Francisco.
  • 1991 : Distinguished Scientific Contribution – American Psychological Association.
  • 1994 : Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Chicago.
  • 1998 : William James Fellow Award, given by the American Psychological Society.
  • 2001 : American Psychological Association – one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.
  • 2008 : Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Adelphi University.
  • 2011 : Honorary Degree, Lund University, Sweden.
  • 2008-2011 : Scientific Adviser to the FOX/Sky drama ‘Lie to Me’ based on his work/experience.
  • 2009 : TIME Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people.
  • 2011 : Honorary Degree – Lund University, Sweden.
  • 2014 : Most Influential Psychologists of the 21st Century – Archives of Scientific Psychology.
  • 2015 : Professional Achievement Award – University of Chicago.
  • 2015 : 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award – University of California.

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