Dr. Andersen studies biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for disease progression. Follow up work continues on the Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project,
a randomized clinical trial of a psychological intervention to reduce stress, improve quality of life, health behaviors, and adherence for patients with breast cancer. Her long time collaborator on this research is Dr. William Carson. This trial demonstrated reduced risk for recurrence and cancer death for patients randomized to receive the intervention. Publication of intervention materials is anticipated for early 2011.
Andersen’s current work focuses on the development of interventions for patients at high risk for psychological or behavioral morbidities or premature cancer death. Intervention development projects for patients with gynecologic cancer, cancer recurrence, or patients with co morbid psychopathology are in progress.
Andersen, B.L., Anderson, B., & deProsse, C. (1989). Controlled prospective longitudinal study of women with cancer: I. Sexual functioning outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 683-691. And: II. Psychological outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 692-697.
Andersen, B.L., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., & Glaser, R. (1994). A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course. American Psychologist, 49, 389-404.
Andersen, B.L., & Cyranowski, J.C. (1994). Women's sexual self schema. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 1079-1100.
Andersen, B.L., Farrar, W.B., Golden-Kreutz, D., et al. (1998). Stress and immune responses following surgical treatment of regional breast cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 90 (1), 30-36.
Andersen, B.L., & Cyranowski, J.C., & Espindle, D. (1999). Men's sexual self schema. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 645-661.
Andersen, B.L. (2002). Biobehavioral outcomes following psychological interventions for cancer patients. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 590-610.
Andersen, B.L., Farrar, W.B., Carson, W.E.III. et al. (2004). Psychological, behavioral, and immune changes following a psychological intervention: A clinical trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22 (17), 3570-3580.
Andersen, B.L., Yang, H.C., Carson, W.E. III, et al. (2008). Psychological intervention improves survival for breast cancer patients: A randomized clinical trial. Cancer, 113, 3450-3458.
Yang, H.C., Thornton, L.M., Shapiro, C.L., & Andersen, B.L. (2008). Surviving recurrence: Psychological and quality of life recovery. Cancer, 112, 1178-1187.
Levin, A.O., Carpenter, K.M., Andersen, B.L, et al. (2010). Sexual morbidity associated with poorer psychological adjustment among gynecological cancer survivors. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 20, 461-470.
Andersen, B.L., Thornton, L.M., Carson, W.E., III, et al. (2010). Biobehavioral, immune, and health benefits following recurrence for psychological intervention participants. Clinical Cancer Research, 16(12).