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Norman Abeles is an American psychologist. Dr. Abeles is Professor of Psychology emeritus at Michigan State Universitywhere he served as Director of the Psychological Clinic and Director of Clinical Training and was the Director of the Neuropsychology laboratory.He continues to do some consulting with organizations.

Norman Abeles, is current Science Domain representative from APA’s Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29) and received the Distinguished Senior Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award at the APA convention in San Diego in August 2010.

He was born in Vienna


  • BA New York University
  • MA & PhD University of Texas, 1958



The main focus of his work has been in the area of aging, and has been particularly interested in the relationship between mood and memory in older adults. He was instrumental in creating the Office of Aging at APA when he was President of APA in 1997. He has also been very active in presenting workshops on ethics and has written journal articles on aging and on ethics and on psychotherapy research. He is also a Past President of APA’s Division of Psychotherapy. He currently serves on the Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration and has twice been invited to the White House conference on Aging which meets every 10 years. He currently serves on the Publications and Communications Board of APA as well as on the Board of Division 12 (clinical) where he represents the section on Assessment.

He was founding editor of the Academic Psychology Bulletin and was between 1982 and 1988 editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.


Preceded by:
Dorothy W. Cantor
Norman Abeles elected APA President
Succeeded by:
Martin E.P. Seligman

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