barbara andersonProfessor, Psychology
Professor, Health Behavioral & Health Promotion
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Wexner Medical Center

1835 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

General Research: 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.

My Research Lab: Stress and Immunity Cancer Projects

Research/Clinical Interest: Biobehavioral interventions, cancer

Current Research Projects:

Psychological and Inflammatory Responses in Relapsed/Refractory Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): This research examines psychological (e.g., stress, depression), physical (e.g., fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance) and inflammatory (e.g., IL-6, TNF-alpha, vascular endothelial growth hormone) variables and their covariation in patients with relapsed refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) receiving a novel drug therapies. 

Beating Lung Cancer In Ohio (BLCIO) collaborative PIs (P. Schields, d. Carbone, ME Wewers). A Pelotonia-funded RCT accruing 2500 newly diagnosed non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients randomized to two arms: usual care (UC) or free advanced genomic and immunotherapy testing (AGIT) and decision support (DS) to their oncologists, with survival as the outcome.  Leveraging the BLCIO, prospective longitudinal quality of life will be collected with the future aim to reduce existing patient uncertainty regarding QoL and toxicity effects of targeted therapies.  

The From Cancer to Health™ Biobehavioral Intervention Training for Mental Health Care Professionals: The goal of this project is to train supportive care professionals in the use of the biobehavioral intervention to improve care of cancer patients and survivors by the delivery of empirically supported treatment and to develop internet based interventions for cancer patients.

Active Funding: NIH

Selected Publications:
Andersen, B.L. (1985). Sexual functioning morbidity among cancer survivors: Present status and future research directions. Cancer, 55, 1835-1842. 
Andersen, B.L., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., & Glaser, R. (1994). A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course. American Psychologist, 49, 389-404. 

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 Institute, 90(1), 30-36.

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.  Cancer, 113, 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 Research, 16(12), 3270–3278.

Andersen, B.L., DeRubeis, R.J., Berman, B.S., et al.  (2014).  Screening, assessment, and care of anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults with cancer:  An American Society of Clinical Oncology guideline adaptation.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(15), 1605-1619.

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.

Weiss, D. M., Maddocks, K.J., Johnson, A., Byrd, J.C., Andersen, B.L.  (in press).  Absolute lymphocyte count trajectories and simultaneous cancer-specific stress scores in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Psychosomatic Medicine. 

Research Staff:
Marlena Ryba, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sarah Hwang, Lab Coordinator
Matt McShane, Data Manager

Predoctoral Student Researchers:
Nicole Arato
Steven Lo
Thomas Valentine
David Weiss


Farrukh Awan, MD, Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University
John Byrd, MD, Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University
Kristen Carpenter, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University
William Carson, MD, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University
David Cohn, MD, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The Ohio State University
Amy Johnson, PhD, Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University
Kami Maddocks, MD, Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University
Larry Maxwell, MD, FACOG, COL (ret) U.S. Army, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inova Fairfax Hospital, VA
Peter Shields, MD, Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology (College of Public Health), the Ohio State University. 
Jennifer Woyach, MD, Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University

Education and Training:

PhD: University of Illinois
Intern: UCLA

Editorial Activities:

  • 1986 Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 1986 – 1989, 1991 - 1996 (Assoc. Ed.), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • 1986 – 2002, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
  • 1987 – 1995, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 1989 – 1992, Journal of Sex Research
  • 1990 – 1993, Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2004-2010, Psychosomatic Medicine
  • 2005 – present, Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • 2007 – present, The Open Clinical Cancer Journal
  • 2016-present, Psycho-Oncology

Society/Memberships: American Psychological Association, Fellow; Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Fellow; International Gynecologic Cancer Society; Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists; and Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, American/International Society of Psycho Oncology

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