Norman Abeles

1997 APA President

Norman Abeles, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Psychological Clinic at Michigan State University, where he founded the Neuropsychology Laboratory and the Memory Assessment Center. Previously, Abeles was also co-director of clinical psychology training and had a joint appointment with the University Counseling Center.

Abeles served APA as recording secretary in 1980-86. He has also chaired APA's Policy and Planning Board, Board of Educational Affairs and Publications and Communications Board. He has served as president of Div. 12 (Clinical) and Div. 29 (Psychotherapy).

On the state level, Abeles was 1973 president of the Michigan Psychological Association, where he was instrumental in helping to pass Michigan's freedom-of-choice law as MPA's legislative chair. He was later he was appointed to Michigan's Psychology Licensing Board, which he chaired.

Abeles is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and served as the Midwest regional chair and ABPP trustee. He is also a member of the National Academy of Practice and is licensed in Michigan. He conducts postdoctoral workshops on advanced competence for individuals who plan to take the ABPP examination. Abeles's research interests include process and outcome studies on the effectiveness of psychotherapy, including studies on therapeutic alliance. He and his students have conducted mood and memory research on able elderly and nursing-home residents, funded by the AARP’s Andrus Foundation.

Abeles is author of more than 100 publications. He was founding editor of the Academic Psychology Bulletin and editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. As editor of Professional Psychology, he increased the number of women and ethnic-minority editors and reviewers on the journal's staff. He is a consulting editor or a member of the editorial board for Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Personality Assessment and Psychotherapy Research.

He is a fellow of APA and of the Society for Personality Assessment. He received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Michigan Psychological Association and the Michigan Association of Clinical Psychologists.

He holds a BA in psychology from New York University and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. He served as a Fulbright professor at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1968-69, and returned in 1975 as a visiting professor.