Norman Anderson

Former CEO of Am Psych Assoc. and member of NAS
Dr. Norman Anderson

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(850) 644-9694

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, trained as a clinical psychologist, has had a wide-ranging career as a national leader, first as a scientist and tenured professor studying health disparities and mind/body health, and later as an executive in government, non-profit, and higher education sectors.

Dr. Anderson is currently Assistant Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, and Research Professor of Social Work and of Nursing at Florida State University (FSU). In these roles he works with faculty and administrators to advance the research mission of the university and to facilitate the success of emerging academic leaders. A good deal of his time at Florida State is spent working one-on-one with faculty and administrators to help them accomplish their leadership or academic goals. He also designed and leads the yearlong FSU Leadership Development Program for Department Chairs and Associate Deans.

Before joining FSU, Dr. Anderson served for 13 years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association (APA), and was the second longest-serving CEO in the 125-year history of APA. Among APA’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure, the organization was named one of the top places to work in the Washington, DC area in 2014. Dr. Anderson retired from APA in 2015.

Prior to joining APA, Dr. Anderson was the founding Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in charge of social and behavioral science, and was the first Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). At NIH, he facilitated behavioral and social sciences research across all of the Institutes and Centers of the NIH.

In addition to his formal leadership roles, Dr. Anderson served as a tenured associate professor at Duke University and as a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is well-known for his research and writing on health and behavior, and on racial/ethnic and economic health disparities. For his research, service, and leadership, he has received a number of significant awards from scientific societies and universities.

Among his numerous honors, in 2012 Anderson was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science. In 2013, he was inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame for his work in science. Anderson is also the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees.

In addition to publishing dozens of scientific articles, Dr. Anderson is the author and editor of several books, including serving as editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior (2003) and as co-editor of Interdisciplinary research: Case studies from health and social science (2008). For over 12 years he was editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.

As a Certified Professional Coach, Dr. Anderson is Principal of Anderson Leadership Coaching and Consulting, LLC, which builds on his nearly two decades of experience working with and developing senior executives and leaders in complex organizations. He currently has a special interest in using mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology (strength-based approaches) to help established and emerging leaders perform at their best. Dr. Anderson is certified in the use of the EQ-i 2.0 measure of emotional intelligence and has training in mindfulness facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also has specialized training in The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® (also known as The Leadership Challenge), one of the most intensively evaluated approaches to leadership development.

  • Ph.D., 1983, University of North Carolina – Greensboro; Clinical Psychology
  • M.A., 1979; University of North Carolina – Greensboro; Clinical Psychology
  • B.A., 1976; North Carolina Central University; Psychology