Dr. Barbara Andersen

Professor, Clinical
Professor Andersen obtained her B.S. magna cum laude in 1973 from the University of Illinois. 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 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; she remained at Iowa through 1988. 

Dr. Andersen joined the Ohio State University 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 also 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 from 2003 to 2005. She is presently the Director of the OSU Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence

Professor Andersen is active in teaching and service to the profession. She has taught psychometrics, practicum, and behavioral medicine courses. She mentors pre and postdoctoral trainees as well as junior faculty. She has chaired grant review panels for private foundations and NIH. She has over 150 publications and her research has been funded continuously since 1983. Dr. Andersen has received numerous awards, including the Burlington Award in Teaching (1985) and the Faculty Scholar Award (1988) from the University of Iowa. At Ohio State, she has received the Distinguished University Scholar Award (2000) and the Distinguished Lecturer Award (2003). Also in 2003 she received the Award for Outstanding Contributions in Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association (Division 38). She was the recipient of the Peter Minton Hero of Hope Research Champion Medal of Honor (2004) from the American Cancer Society (Ohio Division) and elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2005).

Research Areas

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.


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., Golden-Kreutz, D., et al. (1998). Stress and immune responses following surgical treatment of regional breast cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute90 (1), 30-36.
Andersen, B.L., & Cyranowski, J.C., & Espindle, D. (1999). Men's sexual self schema. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology76, 645-661.
Andersen, B.L. (2002). Biobehavioral outcomes following psychological interventions for cancer patients. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology70, 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 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.
Yang, H.C., Thornton, L.M., Shapiro, C.L., & Andersen, B.L. (2008). Surviving recurrence: Psychological and quality of life recovery. Cancer112, 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 Cancer20, 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 Research16(12).


  • Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA
  • B.S. magna cum laude in 1973 from the University of Illinois

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