Dr. Anderson is a  clinical psychologist and 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.

Career highlights include:

  • Currently Assistant Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, and Research Professor of Social Work and of Nursing at Florida State University (FSU).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame for his work in science (2013) and elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science (2012).
  • Graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., earning masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Professional coach and 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.


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