M. Robyn Andersen
M.P.H., University of Washington, Public Health, 1996.
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Social Psychology, 1994.
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Psychology, 1992.
As advances in medical care only improve public health when they are adopted and used by patients and physicians, my research examines issues related to the adoption of medical technologies for the prevention and treatment of cancer. In my work I try to bridge the disciplines of Health Psychology and Epidemiology using behavioral theory to understand the effect of medical interventions on people's understanding of their health and to develop interventions to improve public health.
This work has included; examinations of the effects of cancer screening on at risk women's sense of well being, and the effects of involvement in decision-making about testing for recurrant disease after cancer on breast cancer survivors' quality of life, effects of decision making about cancer treatment on cancer survivor's quality of life, and most recently on the effects of CAM use on cancer screening and diagnosis.
I am currently involved in projects examining psychosocial predictors of quality of life for breast and ovarian cancer survivors, the influence of CAM on cancer diagnosis and treatment and the potential of a symptoms index to improve early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
American Psychological Association
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Honors and Awards
2002, Best Paper Award, Health Education and Behavior
2000-2002, Career Development Award, Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium Specialized program of research excellence (SPORE)
1996, New Young Investigator, American Society of Preventive Oncology
1994-1996, Post-doctoral Trainee, National Institutes of Health Training Grant, Cancer Prevention
1993, Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching Award, State University of New York @ Stony Brook
2003-1012, Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Prevention, Public Health Sciences Division
1997-2003, Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Prevention, Public Health Sciences Division
1996-1997, Staff Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division
1994-1996, Postdoctoral Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division
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