Dr. Anderson has more than 30 years’ experience as a national leader, scientist and tenured professor studying health disparities and mind/body health, as well as an executive in both government and non-profit sectors.
Dr. Anderson recently retired as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Psychological Association (APA) with its 120,000 members and affiliates. In this position, he shaped the direction of the Association as well as national healthcare policies.Before leading the APA, he 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).
He also served as an associate professor at Duke University and as a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he became well-known for his research and writing on health and behavior, and on racial/ethnic and economic health disparities. Dr. Anderson actively practices meditation.