COSSA Remembers Dr. Norman B. Anderson

COSSA mourns the passing of Norman B. Anderson, PhD, who died unexpectedly on March 1. Dr. Anderson, a clinical psychologist renowned for his research on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities, has left an indelible mark on the social and behavioral science community through this leadership, scholarship, and wisdom.

Among his many leadership posts, Dr. Anderson served as the inaugural Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) from 1995 to 2000. In this role, he championed the inclusion and integration of the social and behavioral sciences across the NIH, laying the groundwork for many of the programs and initiatives existing today. Dr. Anderson also served as the first African American and second longest CEO of the American Psychological Association, a COSSA founding member. His leadership across the science advocacy community is deeply missed.

A remembrance from his home institution, Florida State University, is available here

Image: Norman Anderson at the 2000 COSSA Annual Meeting


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