Dr. Norman Anderson


On behalf of the Hildman Colloquium Committee, the Department of Psychology Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Norman B. Anderson as this year's esteemed Hildman speaker. The title of Dr. Anderson's talk will be, "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States:  A Multi-level Perspective". Disparities in health outcomes among racial and ethnic groups in the United States are well-known and represent major scientific and public health challenges.  Understanding and eliminating these disparities will require taking into the multiple interacting factors that operate across the life course.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of recent research from several disciplines that has systematically explored the causes of health disparities at multiple levels of analysis, and highlight some successful efforts to eliminate such disparities. 

Please join us on Thursday, March 28th at 1:00pm in the Thad Cochran Center (Ballroom II) for Dr. Anderson's presentation. This program has been approved by the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology Continuing Education Committee, which is approved by the Mississippi Board of Psychology to provide CE credits for the purpose of relicensure.

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, has had a wide-ranging career as a leader in health and behavior, first as a scientist and tenured professor, and later as an executive in both governmental and non-profit sectors. He has also provided extensive volunteer service to a number of foundations, government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Anderson is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association (APA). With 137,000 members and affiliates, APA is the largest and oldest of the world’s psychological societies. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., APA has a staff of more than 550 and an annual budget greater than $115 million. As the CEO, Dr. Anderson is responsible for overseeing management of the Association, and works collaboratively with the APA Board of Directors in setting direction for the organization. Among his numerous accomplishments at APA, Dr. Anderson recently led a successful effort to create, in 2009, the first strategic plan in the 118-year history of the Association. A current emphasis is expanding the focus on health behavior in across healthcare settings.

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 was charged with facilitating behavioral and social sciences research across all of the 24 Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Under his purview was behavioral and social research in such areas as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, child health, mental health, aging, and oral health, among others. His special interest at NIH was advancing an integrated, trans-disciplinary, bio-psycho-social approach to health science, health promotion, prevention, and health care.
Dr. Anderson served as an 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 and ethnic health disparities. For his research, service, and leadership, he has received a number of significant awards from scientific societies and universities, including three honorary doctorate degrees. In 2012, Anderson was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Anderson was recently appointed as a member of the first National Academic Affiliations Council for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a forum for joint planning and coordination between VA and the nation's health professions schools and universities. He serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging at NIH, and the board of directors for the American Psychological Foundation and the Excellence Foundation of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of the Trans-NIH Health Disparities Strategic Plan Priority Setting Group, and previously chaired the National Research Council’s Panel on Understanding Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Late Life. Dr. Anderson has served as president of the board of directors for the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Los Angeles, and is currently a trustee of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and is a Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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). He is currently editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.

A graduate of the North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., Dr. Anderson earned both his master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received additional clinical and research training at the schools of medicine at Brown and Duke Universities, including postdoctoral fellowships in psychophysiology and aging at Duke.