Dr. Barbara Andersen

Dr. Barbara Andersen

Dr. Barbara Andersen

Professor, Clinical Area


(614) 292-4236

149 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH

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  • 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
Professor Andersen obtained her B.S. magna cum laude and with high distinction in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1973. She continued at Illinois and received her Ph.D. and completed her internship in clinical psychology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA in 1980.  She then joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa as Assistant Professor. In 1985, she was promoted to Associate Professor, with a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There she received the Burlington Northern Award for excellence in Teaching (1985) and the Research Scholar Award (1988). 

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 Areas

Dr. 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.

Selected Publications

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 Psychology57, 683-691. And: II. Psychological outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology57, 692-697.
Andersen, B.L., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., & Glaser, R. (1994). A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course. American Psychologist49, 389-404.
Andersen, B.L., & Cyranowski, J.C. (1994). Women's sexual self schema. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology67, 1079-1100.
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 Oncology22 (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. Cancer113, 3450-3458.
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 Research16(12), 3270–3278.
Andersen, B.L., Godiwala Goyal, N., Westbrook, T.D., Bishop, B., & Carson, III, W.E. (2016). Trajectories of stress, depressive symptoms, and immunity in cancer survivors:  Diagnosis to 5 years.  Clinical Cancer Research, 23(1), 52-61.
Andersen, B.L., Neha G. Goyal, N.G., Weiss, D.M., Travis Westbrook, T., Kami Maddocks, K., Byrd, J.C., Johnson, A.J.  (2018).  Cells, cytokines, chemokines, and cancer stress:  A biobehavioral study of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Cancer, 124, 3240-3248.
Ashmore, J.A., Ditterich, K.W., Conley, C.C., … & Andersen, B.L.  (In press).  Evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of evidenced based treatment:  A multisite hybrid design.  American Psychologist.