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Former Directors of the Office

Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D.
Founding Director, 1995-2000

Dr. Norman B. Anderson

Dr. Norman B. Anderson is the former and founding Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), and was the first NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, serving from 1995 - 2000. At NIH, he was charged with facilitating behavioral and social sciences research across all of the [then] 24 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health. Appointed by then NIH Director Dr. Harold Varmus, Dr. Anderson worked closely with the scientific community to quickly establish the office’s long-term goals, and to develop strategies for achieving them. In this regard, he led the effort to develop the first Strategic Plan for OBSSR, which has guided the office’s work until 2006. Among the office’s numerous activities and accomplishments during his tenure were its efforts to foster a “levels of analysis” framework for NIH, showing the interdependence and importance of all levels of research for accelerating advances in health science and health care (see for example, Anderson, 1998, Levels of analysis in health science: A framework for integrating socio-behavioral and biomedical research, Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences, 840, 563).

Dr. Anderson is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association (APA). Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, APA is the largest scientific and professional association for psychologists in the United States, with over 150,000 members, a staff of nearly 600, and a budget of over $100 million. As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Anderson is responsible for overseeing both the corporate and professional management of the association.

Dr. Anderson served for over 12 years as a professor at Duke University Medical School, where he directed the NIH-funded Exploratory Center for Research on Health Promotion in Older Minorities, and directed the Program on Health, Behavior, and Aging in Black Americans. He also served for a short time on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health. His research and writing on the effects of stress on biology and risk for hypertension among African Americans have received several awards from scientific societies, including the 1991 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and is also Past-President of the Board of Directors for filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s Starbright Foundation of Los Angeles. Dr. Anderson chaired the National Academy of Science’s Panel on the Future of Research on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life.

Among his numerous publications, Dr. Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior and is the author of a health book for lay audiences enTitled, Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live. Dr. Anderson is also Editor-in-Chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.
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