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Health Outcomes along Racial, Ethnic Lines focus of Hildman Colloquium

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Dr. Norman Anderson

A prominent leader in the American Psychology Association will address disparities in health outcomes with respect to race and ethnicity at The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Hildman Colloquium in Psychology Thursday, March 28.

"Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States: A Multi-level Perspective” will be presented by Dr. Norman Anderson, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the APA. Presented by the Department of Psychology, the program begins at 1 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

“We’re truly honored to have Dr. Anderson as our featured lecturer for this year’s Hildman Colloquium,” said Dr. Joe Olmi, chairman of the Department of Psychology. “He continues the long line of internationally renowned speakers who have been featured in the series, and his topic is timely and on point.”

Dr. Anderson 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.

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). His special interest at NIH was advancing an integrated, trans-disciplinary, bio-psycho-social approach to health science, health promotion, prevention, and health care.

Anderson served as an associate professor at Duke University and as a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is well-known for his research and writing on health and behavior, and on racial and ethnic health disparities. In 2012, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

He has published dozens of scientific articles and 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). Anderson is currently editor-in-chief of APA’s flagship journal, American Psychologist.

A graduate of the North Carolina Central University, 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.

The Hildman Colloquium is dedicated to the memory of the late Lee Hildman, a longtime member of the Southern Miss Department of Psychology faculty, with the support of his wife Tommie Hildman. Attendance for the colloquium has been approved for continuing education credit.

For more information about this event, contact the Department of Psychology at 601.266.4177; to learn more about the department, including degree programs and research, online visit