Dr. Barbara Andersen is a Professor of Psychology, Health Behavioral & Health Promotion, and Ostetrics & Gynecology at Ohio State University Medical Center. She obtained her Bachor of Sceince degree magna cum laude and with high distinction in psychology from the University of Illinois. She continued at Illinois and received her PhD and completed her internship in clinical psychology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA.
Dr. Andersen joined the Ohio State University (OSU) faculty in the Department of Psychology and with a joint appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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 Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource and served as Director (2003-05) and was Director of the OSU Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence.
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).
Dr. Andersen’s current work focuses on biobehavioral aspects of hematologic and lung cancers, biobehavioral interventions for cancer patients, training of mental health professionals in empirically supported treatments and dissemination and implementation of biobehavioral interventions.