Frans B. M. de Waal

C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior

Office: 399 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-7898

Fax: 404-727-0372


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Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Dr. de Waal received his Ph.D. in Biology and Zoology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 1977. He completed his postdoctoral study of chimpanzees while associated with Utrecht University, in 1981, and moved the same year to the USA. He has been a National Academy of Sciences member since 2004, and a Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences member since 1993. Time featured him in 2007 as one of the World's One Hundred Most Influential People. He is also the Director of Living Links at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


  • PSYC 325 (BIOL 325): Primate Social Psychology

Other Affiliations


I have stopped taking any new graduate students, and have closed my labs at the Yerkes Primate Center. I still have a few research projects going, such as on chimpanzees and bonobos at Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands and at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the DRC. 

I am active communicating the importance of primatological research to the general public, doing so both through many lectures throughout the world and via books for popular audiences.

Current Lab Members:

  • Dr. Christine Webb, Living Links Post-Doctoral Fellow

Recent Ex-Members:

  • Dr. Filippo Aureli, Professor at Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  • Dr. Peter Verbeek, Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • Dr. Lisa Parr, Associate Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Stephanie Preston, Associate Professor, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Dr. Jessica Flack, Professor and C4 Director, Santa Fe Institute, NM
  • Dr. Sarah Brosnan, Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Kristin E. Bonnie, Associate Professor, Beloit College, Wisconson
  • Dr. Teresa Romero, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr. Joshua Plotnik, Assistant Professor, Hunter College, New York, NY
  • Dr. Zanna Clay, Assistant Professor, Durham University, UK
  • Dr. Malini Suchak, Assistant Professor, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY


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