Arthur C. Evans, Jr. PhD, BS '82, MA '84
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

“My experience as an undergraduate student at FAU was life-changing. The education that I received prepared me well for my life’s work, which has included, among other opportunities, leading a 1.2 billion public healthcare agency, two Ivy League faculty appointments, and serving as the CEO for my discipline’s professional organization. I will forever be indebted to FAU and am deeply honored to be the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.”

Healthcare innovator, policymaker, and clinical and community psychologist, Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., is the new CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA) and just completed 12 years as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service (DBHIDS). The transformation of the Philadelphia service system has improved outcomes for people and saved millions of dollars that the city has reinvested in other community-based services. Evans holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and has held a faculty appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Evans has been recognized nationally for his work in behavioral healthcare policy and the transformation of service delivery systems. In 2015 he was recognized by the White House as an “Advocate for Action” by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013 he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Evans also is regarded as a strong mental health advocate and was recognized by Faces and Voices of Recovery with the Lisa Mojer- Torres Award.

His future work at the APA will continue his lifelong commitment to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that effective, high-quality healthcare is accessible to all. Evans holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from FAU where he also completed his undergraduate work.

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