Scientist-practitioner, clinical and community psychologist and health care innovator Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, a post he assumed on March 20, 2017. In this position, he heads the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with nearly 118,200 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
Before joining APA, Dr. Evans spent 12 years as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, a $1.2 billion health care agency that is the behavioral health and intellectual disabilities safety net for 1.5 million Philadelphians. Dr. Evans has been recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership in the transformation of the Philadelphia service system which has saved millions of dollars that the city reinvested in other community-based services.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Evans was Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, where he led major strategic initiatives in the state’s behavioral health care system. He also served in leadership positions in clinical administration and state government and he developed a multi-disciplinary private practice in New Haven, Connecticut.
In 2015, he was recognized by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy as an “Advocate for Action”. In 2013, he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in healthcare, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Dr. Evans is also regarded as a strong mental health advocate and was recognized by Faces and Voices of Recovery with the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award. In 2017, he was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health and inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Florida Atlantic University, his alma mater. He has also been recognized as a strong advocate for social justice, having received three different Martin Luther King Jr. awards.
Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Medicine.