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Alumnus Appointed to Higher Education Posts

Norman Anderson, Ph.D.

Alumnus Norman Anderson, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant vice president for research and academic affairs at Florida State University (FSU).

Anderson, a psychologist and member of the National Academy of Medicine will also serve as a research professor FSU’s College of Social Work and the College of Nursing.

As assistant vice president for research and academic affairs, Anderson will work to enhance opportunities for faculty success. In his role as research professor, he will focus on mentoring young faculty, building new interdisciplinary programs and enhancing existing research programs.

Prior to his appointment, Anderson served as the first African-American chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association for 13 years. He previously served as an associate director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and founding director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

At the NIH, Anderson facilitated growth in behavioral and social sciences research and in interdisciplinary research, across all of the institutes and centers of the NIH. He is well known for his research and writing on health and behavior, as well as racial, ethnic and economic health disparities. He also authored and edited a number of health and social science publications.

Anderson also worked as a tenured associate professor of medical psychology and of psychology at Duke University, and a professor of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Greensboro native holds four honorary doctorates and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 

He received additional clinical and research training at Brown University and Duke University, including a postdoctoral fellowships in psychophysiology and aging at Duke. 

Anderson obtained his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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