Norman B. Anderson, PhD


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. 


  • Currently Assistant Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, and Professor of Social Work at Florida State University (FSU). Also created and directs FSU’s Faculty Leadership Development Program.
  • Served for 13 years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and was the first African American and second longest-serving CEO in the 130-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 Alumni Hall of Fame for his work in science (2013) and elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (2012).
  • Professional coach and certified in the use of the EQ-i 2.0 measure of emotional intelligence and has training in mindfulness facilitation, with a focus on mindful and compassionate leadership. 
  • Has special interest in helping leadership teams develop their team-based and organization-wide DE&I values, vision, goals, and actions.
  • 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.