Raymond D. Fowler, PhD,
Raymond D. Fowler is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association (APA). Founded in 1892, APA is the primary scientific and professional association for psychologists in the United States, and is the largest and oldest of the world’s psychological societies. In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, he directs the operations of a staff of 500, which serves a national and international membership of 155,000, including nearly 4,000 International Affiliates.
Since 1998, Dr. Fowler has been Treasurer of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a member of its Executive Committee. In 1988, he was Secretary General for the IAAP’s XXIV International Congress of Applied Psychology.
Fowler is recognized for his work in the area of personality assessment. In the early 1960s, he developed an innovative method of computer interpretation for the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. His system was translated into most major European languages, has been used to generate personality reports on almost two million individuals in the United States and abroad. He has contributed to the research literature in psychology with over 70 articles, books, chapters, and other publications, especially in the areas of substance abuse, criminal behavior, and psychological assessment.
Dr. Fowler has been an active participant in the U.S. and in international psychological organizations for over 30 years. He served four years as APA treasurer, became its 97th president in 1997 and served as CEO since 1989. He is on the Editorial Board of the European Psychologist; sponsored by the European Federation of Psychological Associations. In 2000, he was the recipient of the APA Division of International Psychology’s Distinguished International Psychological Award for his significant contributions to global psychology. He is a lifetime honorary member of the Psychological Society of South Africa. In 1979, he was the first U.S. psychologist invited to visit the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing after relationships resumed between the two countries, and he has returned to China on five occasions to lecture and to lead joint conferences between U.S. and Chinese psychologists.