Howard S. Kurtzman, PhD

Psychologist, Washington, DC

Howard S. Kurtzman, PhD is retired from the American Psychological Association (APA), where he occupied several positions including Deputy Executive Director for Science and Senior Science Advisor. During his tenure, he managed and/or contributed to APA’s initiatives on climate change, including two major task force reports on psychology and climate change (released in 2009 and 2022), two reports with ecoAmerica on mental health and climate change (2017, 2021), climate advocacy to Congress and the White House, and engagement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before joining APA, Dr. Kurtzman was a program director at the National Institute of Mental Health, overseeing grant funding for research on cognition and contributing to various federal initiatives in the behavioral and social sciences. He has also served on the faculty of the psychology department of Cornell University. Dr. Kurtzman received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in psychology, and was a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine.