Panelist Bios

Norman B. Anderson, PhDNorman B. Anderson, PhD
CEO and Executive Vice President
American Psychological Association
Dr. Anderson is CEO and executive vice president of APA, a position he has held since 2003. Dr. Anderson is the former and founding associate director of the National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. At NIH, he was charged with facilitating behavioral and social sciences research across all of the then-24 NIH institutes and centers including such areas as cancer, heart disease, mental health, diabetes, aging and oral health among others. Dr. Anderson has served as a professor at both Duke University Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a fellow of APA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Anderson is editor-in-chief of the APA journal, American Psychologist, and of The Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior. He is also author of Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live. He is well-known for his research and writing on the effects of stress on the development of hypertension.
Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhDSuzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD
American Psychological Association
Dr. Johnson is an APA Fellow and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine. She received her BA in psychology from Cornell University and her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. She was director of the Center for Pediatric and Family Studies at the University of Florida Health Science Center until 2002, when she became the chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at FSU College of Medicine. A licensed psychologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Johnson saw children and families in a pediatric diabetes clinic as part of an integrated multidisciplinary care team. She worked with the American Diabetes Association to develop standards for the psychological care of patients with diabetes and worked with the APA Practice Directorate to establish the Health and Behavior CPT codes. Dr. Johnson has received awards for her mentorship from both the McKnight Foundation and APA’s Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). In 2001-2002, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. During her fellowship, Dr. Johnson wrote the Lifespan Respite Care Act, which became law in 2006.
Katherine C. Nordal, PhDKatherine C. Nordal, PhD
Executive Director, Practice Directorate
American Psychological Association
Dr. Nordal is a licensed psychologist experienced in treating adults, children and adolescents and has clinical expertise in the treatment of stress-related disorders. As executive director for the APA Practice Directorate, Dr. Nordal manages a variety of activities involving legislative advocacy, legal initiatives, efforts to shape the evolving health care market, and a nationwide public education campaign ― including the Mind/Body Health campaign ― to communicate the value of psychology. Dr. Nordal is a recipient of APA’s Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for advocacy on behalf of psychology. She was an APA/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow (1990 – 91) and served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and with the House Select Committee on Hunger. Her clinical interests included: learning, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents, neuropsychological assessment, brain injury in children and adults, and civil forensic psychology.
Jonathan Lever, JD, EdMJonathan Lever, JD, EdM
Vice President, Health Strategy and Innovation
YMCA of the USA
Jonathan Lever is the vice president for health strategy and innovation for the YMCA of the USA and a member of its senior leadership group. In this role for the past seven years, Lever has been a chief architect and leader of the Y’s response to the nation’s lifestyle health crisis. Mr. Lever and his team of more than fifty public health and YMCA professionals are helping to establish the Y as an indispensable community-based partner in public health at the national level. Through this work, the Y now has national public and private partnerships with marquee health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Lance Armstrong Foundation; the American Academy of Family Physicians, UnitedHealth Group, the American Psychological Association and numerous other organizations. Mr. Lever holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from the College of William and Mary; a master’s degree in education from Harvard University; and a law degree from Northeastern University. Prior to the Y, he was the founding CEO of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Inc., an association that provides management, legal, and advocacy assistance to nonprofits.
Susan DentzerSusan Dentzer
Health Affairs
Susan Dentzer is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and a nationally known health and policy journalist. Health Affairs is a national, monthly peer-reviewed journal focused on health, health care and health policy worldwide — the Washington Post has called it the “Bible” of health policy. As editor-in-chief, she is in charge of nearly 30 editors and other staff that produce the journal and website. Dentzer is also an on-air health analyst with the PBS NewsHour and frequently comments for National Public Radio’s This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show. Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and sits on the Board of Directors of Research! America. Research! America is the largest national not-for-profit organization focused on making health research a national priority.