Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
A social psychologist and public health researcher, Dr. M. Robyn Andersen works to bridge the disciplines of health psychology and epidemiology to help people understand and improve their health. She is particularly interested in how the adoption of medical technologies for the prevention and treatment of cancer can affect different populations. She has studied the effects of cancer screening on at-risk women's sense of well-being; the effects of shared decision-making around testing for recurrent disease on breast cancer survivors' quality of life and the effects of decision-making about cancer treatment on cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Currently, she is involved in projects examining the psychosocial predictors of quality of life (stress levels; anxiety; healthy behaviors or lack thereof; physical activity level, etc.) for breast and ovarian cancer survivors and the effects of complementary and alternative medicine use on cancer screening and diagnosis. She also continues to be involved in research regarding a symptom index for the early detection of ovarian cancer that she helped to develop.
Affiliate Associate Professor
School of Public Health and Community Medicine Health Services, University of Washington
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
Dr. Andersen studies study quality of life in breast and ovarian cancer survivorship and involvement in treatment decision-making both before and after cancer diagnosis. Interests include decision-making around cancer screening, and use of both conventional and complementary or alternative treatments after diagnosis; as well as work on the Ovarian cancer index as a tool for ovarian cancer screening and diagnosis.
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