Barbara L Andersen PhD

Barbara L Andersen PhD
ProfessorArts and
149 Psychology Building 1835 Neil Avenue Columbus Ohio 43210
Phone:614-292-4236Fax: 614-688-8261
  • Cancer Control

General Research Interest

Trained as a clinical psychologist, cancer control provides Andersen with the opportunity to conduct intellectually stimulating and clinically important biobehavioral research. Her theoretical, empirical, and clinical research focuses upon understanding biobehavioral responses to the diagnosis, treatment, and course of cancer.

Research Description

Novel findings have been published within four areas. First, studies have confirmed the importance of stress (both stress increases and stress declines). vand its co-variation with immunity in cancer patients. Second, proposing a biobehavioral conceptualization of cancer stress and disease progression, her experimental work demonstrated that psychological and biologic pathways to disease can be altered with a psychological intervention. Thirdly, the collaborative trial, the Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project, showed that a psychological intervention provided to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients reduced the risk for recurrence and death from breast cancer. Fourth, studies have detailed survivorship trajectories across multiple domains psychological, behavioral, and biologic domains for the newly diagnosed as well as the patient with recurrence.

Transinstitutional Work

All research is interdisciplinary, including collaborators in surgical and medical oncology, immunology, health behavior change (exercise, diet), and statistics

Current Publications

  • Thornton LM, Levin AO, Dorfman CS, Godiwala N, Heitzmann C, Andersen BLEmotions and social relationships for breast and gynecologic patients: a qualitative study of coping with recurrence.Psychooncology 23 382-9 4/1/2014
  • Cardoso F, Bese N, Distelhorst SR, Bevilacqua JL, Ginsburg O, Grunberg SM, Gralla RJ, Steyn A, Pagani O, Partridge AH, Knaul FM, Aapro MS, Andersen BL, Thompson B, Gralow JR, Anderson BOSupportive care during treatment for breast cancer: resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement.Breast 22(5) 593-605 10/1/2013
  • Ganz PA, Yip CH, Gralow JR, Distelhorst SR, Albain KS, Andersen BL, Bevilacqua JL, de Azambuja E, El Saghir NS, Kaur R, McTiernan A, Partridge AH, Rowland JH, Singh-Carlson S, Vargo MM, Thompson B, Anderson BOSupportive care after curative treatment for breast cancer (survivorship care): resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement.Breast 22(5) 606-15 10/1/2013
  • Gregorio SW, Porensky EK, Minotti M, Brown S, Snapp J, Taylor RM, Adolph MD, Everett S, Lowther K, Callahan K, Streva D, Heinke V, Leno D, Flower C, McVey A, Andersen BLThe James Supportive Care Screening: integrating science and practice to meet the NCCN guidelines for distress management at a Comprehensive Cancer Center.Psychooncology 22(9) 2001-8 9/1/2013
  • Brothers BM, Easley A, Salani R, Andersen BLDo survivorship care plans impact patients' evaluations of care? A randomized evaluation with gynecologic oncology patients.Gynecol Oncol 129(3) 554-8 6/1/2013
  • Romito F, Goldzweig G, Cormio C, Hagedoorn M, Andersen BLInformal caregiving for cancer patients.Cancer 119 Suppl 11 2160-9 6/1/2013
  • Goldfarb SB, Abramsohn E, Andersen BL, Baron SR, Carter J, Dickler M, Florendo J, Freeman L, Githens K, Kushner D, Makelarski JA, Yamada SD, Lindau STA national network to advance the field of cancer and female sexuality.J Sex Med 10(2) 319-25 2/1/2013
  • Wiegell SR, Fabricius S, Gniadecka M, Stender IM, Berne B, Kroon S, Andersen BL, Mørk C, Sandberg C, Ibler KS, Jemec GB, Brocks KM, Philipsen PA, Heydenreich J, Haedersdal M, Wulf HCDaylight-mediated photodynamic therapy of moderate to thick actinic keratoses of the face and scalp: a randomized multicentre study.Br J Dermatol 166(6) 1327-32 6/1/2012
  • Salani R, Andersen BLGynecologic care for breast cancer survivors: assisting in the transition to wellness.Am J Obstet Gynecol 206(5) 390-7 5/1/2012

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