Dr. Barbara Andersen
Professor, Clinical Area
149 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Ave.
- BS magna cum laude and high distinction in psychology from the University of Illinois, 1973
- MA and PhD in psychology (clinical) from the University of Illinois, 1980
Dr. Andersen joined the Ohio State University (OSU) faculty in 1989 in the Department of Psychology and with a joint appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was promoted to Professor in 1991. Dr. Andersen is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was instrumental in the development of the Behaviroal Measurement Shared Resource and served as Director (2003-05) and was Director of the OSU Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence (2009-11).
Professor Andersen is active in teaching and service to the profession. She has taught psychometrics, research design, practicum, and behavioral medicine graduate courses. She mentors undergraduates, pre and postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty. She has chaired grant review panels for private foundations and NIH. She has over 150 publications. Dr. Andersen has received numerous awards at Ohio State (Distinguished University Scholar Award, 2000; Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2003) and OSU’s highest award, University Distinguished Professor (2018). Awards from national organizations include the Award for Outstanding Contributions in Health Psychology (American Psychological Association, 2003), Peter Minton Hero of Hope Research Champion Medal of Honor (American Cancer Society-Ohio Division, 2004), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS Fellow, 2005), Distinguished Senior Investigator (Society of Behavioral Medicine, Cancer SIG, 2015), and Outstanding Training and Education Award (American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 2018).
Research AreasDr. Andersen studies biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for health and disease progression. A randomized clinical trial in collaboration with surgical oncologists William Farrar and William Carson showed a psychological intervention reduced stress, improved quality of life, health behaviors, and adherence for patients with breast cancer in addition to lowering the risk for breast cancer recurrence. She has also translated her research findings, disseminating the biobehavioral intervention to oncology mental health providers. Andersen’s current work focuses on biobehavioral aspects of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lung cancer.