Arthur C. Evans Jr. is the CEO of the American Psychological Association. For 12 years, Arthur served as the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), transforming how behavioral health care and intellectual disability services are delivered in the city.
Arthur is a clinical and community psychologist with extensive experience in transforming systems of care. As the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), he led several major strategic initiatives for the Connecticut behavioral healthcare system. He was instrumental in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing health care disparities and increasing the use of evidence-based practices. He is highly committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services.
Among his numerous awards, he was named by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as an Advocate for Action in 2015. 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, for his leadership in transforming the Philadelphia behavioral health system, particularly around the adoption of a public health framework.