Norman B. Anderson

Biography

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, is the chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, a position he has held since 2003. As CEO, Anderson oversees both the corporate and professional management of the association.

Anderson is the former and founding associate director of the National Institutes of Health in charge of behavioral and social sciences research and was the first director of NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. At NIH, he was charged with facilitating behavioral and social sciences research across all of the then-24 NIH institutes and centers. Under his purview was behavioral and social research in such areas as cancer, heart disease, mental health, diabetes, aging and oral health.

Anderson has served as a professor at both Duke University Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., Anderson earned master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received additional clinical and research training at the schools of medicine at Brown and Duke Universities, including postdoctoral fellowships in psychophysiology and aging at Duke. Anderson has held licenses to practice psychology in North Carolina and Maryland.

Memberships
APA Divisions
  • Member of Division 1 (Society for General Psychology)
  • Member of Division 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology)
  • Fellow of Division 3 (Experimental Psychology)
  • Member of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics)
  • Fellow of Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology)
  • Member of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Member of Division 8 (Society of Personality and Social Psychology)
  • Member of Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)
  • Member of Division 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts)
  • Fellow of Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology)
  • Member of Division 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology)
  • Member of Division 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology)
  • Member of Division 15 (Educational Psychology)
  • Member of Division 16 (School Psychology)
  • Member of Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)
  • Member of Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service)
  • Member of Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology)
  • Fellow of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging)
  • Member of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)
  • Member of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology)
  • Member of Division 23 (Society for Consumer Psychology)
  • Member of Division 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology)
  • Member of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis)
  • Member of Division 26 (Society for the History of Psychology)
  • Member of Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology)
  • Member of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse)
  • Member of Division 29 (Psychotherapy)
  • Member of Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis)
  • Fellow of Division 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs)
  • Member of Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology)
  • Member of Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
  • Member of Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology)
  • Member of Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)
  • Member of Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality)
  • Member of Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice)
  • Fellow of Division 38 (Health Psychology)
  • Member of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
  • Member of Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology)
  • Member of Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society)
  • Member of Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice)
  • Member of Division 43 (Society for Family Psychology)
  • Member of Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues)
  • Fellow of Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race)
  • Fellow of Division 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology)
  • Member of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology)
  • Member of Division 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division)
  • Member of Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy)
  • Member of Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology)
  • Member of Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity)
  • Member of Division 52 (International Psychology)
  • Member of Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)
  • Member of Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology)
  • Member of Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy)
  • Member of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)
State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations
Selected Publications

Anderson is editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior and author of a health book for lay audiences entitled Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live. Anderson is also editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.

His research and writing on the effects of stress on biology and risk for hypertension have received several awards from scientific societies.

Contact Information

E-mail Norman B. Anderson

750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242


Phone: (202) 336-6080