Barbara L Andersen, PhD

Barbara Andersen


College of Arts & Sciences



Academic Title

Distinguished Professor

Research Program

Cancer Control

Research Interest

Cancer ● Breast Cancer ● Depression ● Anxiety ● Pain ● Fatigue ● Uterine Cervical Cancer

Barbara Andersen, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James and is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology. She studies the psychological, behavioral, and biologic (biobehavioral) aspects of cancer as they relate to disease progression.

Her recent work includes randomized clinical trials of psychological interventions to: reduce stress and depressive symptoms; improve quality of life, health behaviors and adherence, and health outcomes; improve immunity and reduce the risk for recurrence. Ongoing research in lung cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia examines health perceptions and trajectories of stress, depression and immunity. She has disseminated her interventions and trains mental health providers in oncology to deliver biobehavioral interventions.

Dr. Andersen has co-authored over 170 articles and chapters, including more than two dozen between 2012 and 2016. They have appeared in well-known publications such as Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Oncology Practice, Translational Behavioral Medicine and Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Office Location

149 Psychology Building

1835 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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