Barry S. Anton is an American psychologist. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Puget Sound, has practiced clinical psychology and neuropsychology, has authored a clinical psychology textbook, and served as the president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2015.


Anton earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University before completing postgraduate training in child and adolescent clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Puget Sound.[1] He spent more than 30 years associated with the University of Puget Sound.[2]

In 1985, Anton opened a private practice in conjunction with a psychiatrist, and the practice expanded to include nurse practitioners and social workers.[1] He was the co-author of a textbook, Introduction to Clinical Psychology.[3] He has been an oral examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology.[1]

In 1997, Anton received the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy from APA Division 31 (State, Provincial & Territorial Affairs).[4] After serving on several APA task forces, Anton became president-elect in 2014 and APA president in 2015.[1] Anton said that a focus of his presidency would be future opportunities for early-career psychologists.[5] During his term as president, APA introduced policies that prohibited psychologists from participating in national security interrogations.[6]


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  2. ^ "Barry S. Anton". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Brodsky, Annette; Steinberg-Oren, Susan (2008). "Clinical psychology: Insider edition". PsycCRITIQUES. 53 (28). Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy". American Psychological Association. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Changing career landscape Is focus for Anton as APA president". Washington State Psychological Association. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Timeline of American Psychological Association Policies and Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security". Retrieved May 18, 2020.