Predoctoral Students

The Clinical Psychology program at OSU offers a superior education. Students complete two years of a core curriculum averaging 4 courses per semester; course load is then reduced after the second year to 1-3 per semester. Practicum training begins in the second year. The average clinical student completes 1,000+ hours of clinical hours. Currently, pre-doctoral trainees are publishing at least 1 paper per year and make an average of 1-2 presentations per year at national meetings. 

Students complete, at a minimum, three empirical projects: a first year project, master's thesis, and dissertation. In addition to learning research design, statistics, and the scholarly literature, an important part of mentoring includes guided experience in scientific writing. Provided below are examples of the range of research projects and exemplar publications predoctoral students (name in bold) in the Andersen laboratory. 

Wu, S.M., & Andersen, B.L. (2010). Stress generation over the course of breast cancer survivorship. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33(3), 250-257.

Brothers, B., Yang, H.C., Strunk, D., & Andersen, B.L. (2011). Cancer patients with major depressive disorder: Testing a Biobehavioral/Cognitive Behavioral intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 253-260. 

Wells-Di Gregorio, Carpenter, K.M., Dorfman, C.S., Yang, H-C., Simonelli, L.E., Carson III, W.E. (2012). Impact of breast cancer recurrence and cancer-specific stress on spouse health and immune function. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26, 228-233. 

Wu, S.M., Schuler, T.A., Edwards, M., Yang, H.C., & Brothers, B.M. (2013). Factor analytic and item response theory evaluation of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire with Female Cancer Patients. Quality of Life Research, 22, 1441-1449. 

Thornton, L.M., Levin, A.O., Dorfman, C., Godiwala, N., Heitzman, C., & Andersen, B.L. (2014). Emotions and social relationships for breast and gynecologic patients: A qualitative study of coping with recurrence. Psycho-Oncology, 23, 282-289. 

Thornton, L.M., Cheavens, J., Heitzman, C., Dorfman, C., Wu, S., & Andersen, B.L. (2014). Test of mindfulness and hope components in a psychological intervention for women with cancer recurrence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(6), 1087-1110. 

Williams, K.C. & Andersen, B.L. (2015). Psychological issues. In J.S. Berek & N.F. Hacker (Eds.), Practical gynecologic oncology, 6th ed. (pp. 928-934). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.


Dr. Andersen is a visible, "hands on" mentor and is regularly in the lab for individual, group, and collaborative supervision.  Individual supervision and advising averages one hour every two weeks, at a minimum. In addition to individual meetings, there is a standing weekly lab group meeting consisting of presentations of new research ideas, discussion of recent articles in the literature, group review of manuscript drafts, and practice presentations for scientific meetings, MA/PhD practice defenses, job talks, and related activities. 

The lab environment is open and inviting, and Dr. Andersen cultivates a resourceful team of research staff and students who work and get along well together. Overall, a rich mentoring experience is offered. 

Individuals accepted into the clinical program, and the Andersen lab in particular have exceptional academic records and subsequently participate actively in state of the art, interdisciplinary, cancer control research. Lab 'trainees' range from undergraduate honors students to post docs and junior faculty. Graduate students also learn from senior research staff, co-investigator faculty, and other faculty in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Trainees' productivity is high, as indexed by publications in top tier journals, presentations at national meetings, awards, grant funding, and others. They are first successful in securing top, selective internships and secondly, suitable “first job” placements. Recent grads have faculty appointments at Duke, Howard University, Indiana University, U. of South Florida (Moffitt Cancer Center), OSU, and others. The laboratory environment facilitates the 'best and the brightest' to their transition as independent investigators and leaders in cancer prevention and control.

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