October 16, 2012

American Psychological Association's Norman Anderson, PhD, Elected to Institute of Medicine

NIH also recognizes Anderson for work in behavioral and social sciences research

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Psychological AssociationWASHINGTON—Norman B. Anderson, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academies of Sciences. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. 

“I am extremely honored and deeply humbled to be elected to the IOM. The institute is doing incredible work in so many areas crucial to the health and well-being of the nation and the world,” Anderson said. “I look forward to being an active participant in advancing the IOM mission, and in providing the important perspective of psychology and the behavioral and social sciences to that mission.”

Anderson is one of 70 new IOM members and 10 foreign associates whose election was announced Oct. 15 at the 42nd annual meeting of the Washington, D.C.-based organization. New members of IOM are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. The new members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.

“The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine,” said IOM President Harvey Fineberg. “Through their research, teaching, clinical work and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others. We look forward to drawing on their knowledge and skills to improve health through the work of the IOM.”

As CEO of APA since 2003, Anderson oversees the largest scientific and professional association for psychologists in the United States, with 137,000 members and a staff of more than 550. Anderson was previously the founding associate director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in charge of behavioral and social science, and was the first director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. At NIH, he was charged with facilitating behavioral and social sciences research across all of the institutes and centers of the NIH. Under his purview was behavioral and social research in such areas as cancer, heart disease, child health, mental health, diabetes, aging, oral health and others. His special interest at NIH was on advancing an integrated, trans-disciplinary approach to health science, prevention and health care.

Anderson has served on the faculty at both the Duke University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is well-known for his research and writing on health and behavior, and on racial and ethnic health disparities. For his work in academia, government and the non-profit sector, Anderson has received a number of significant awards from scientific societies and universities, including three honorary doctoral degrees.

Anderson is editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist®, and served as editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior.

The Institute of Medicine is unique in its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities. 

Anderson was also honored for his pioneering contributions to behavioral and social sciences research at the National Institutes of Health on Oct. 22 at a retreat sponsored by the NIH.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.