Howard S. Kurtzman PhD

APAAmerican Psychological AssociationWashington DC

Howard S. Kurtzman, PhD, is Acting Executive Director of the American Psychological Association’s Science Directorate. He was named deputy executive director of the Science Directorate in 2007. The directorate’s program areas include science policy and government relations, research ethics, psychological testing and assessment, scientific awards, research training, and communication with the scientific community and general public.

Kurtzman has played a lead role in managing APA’s efforts in areas including enhancing the status of psychology as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) discipline, developing clinical practice guidelines, and promoting psychology’s role in addressing climate change.

Kurtzman came to APA from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served as a program director overseeing grant funding for research in cognition. He was also active in organizing initiatives, conferences, and publications for NIMH, NIH, and the Department of Health and Human Services on a broad array of topics within the behavioral and social sciences, ranging from gender and sexual orientation to self-report processes to data archiving.

Previously, Kurtzman was on the faculty of the psychology department at Cornell University, where he taught and conducted research in psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. He was the founding director of Cornell’s undergraduate cognitive studies program.

Kurtzman received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in psychology. He was a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine.