MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rebecca Anderson, PhD
Dr. Rebecca Anderson has worn many hats over her years as a psychologist. She has been active in research, publication, teaching and clinical practice, and has served positions on professional and governmental advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board. When we caught up with her, she was serving as Professor and Director of Psychological Services/Transplant Services at the Wisconsin Medical College. She may have moved on to new roles by the time you read this!
Yet -- to hear her relay it -- it remains clear that Dr. Anderson’s work has been a labor of love. When she was contacted for this interview, she stated: “I feel like I am a very fortunate person. I have a great career! I get to be clinical, I get to be a teacher, AND I can conduct research! I believe I have the trifecta in terms of professional happiness!”. Dr. Anderson’s varied career is not without distinction and has earned her professional recognition in more than one area of expertise.
Having contributed more than 60 scholarly works, Dr. Anderson's research and publications have focused considerably on a broad array of medical and wellness-related areas of interest. Much of this work has attended to the relationship between the mind and body for a host of medical concerns and interventions. Her reputation in the field has also led to an appointment from the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a consultant on psychological outcomes pertaining to medical devices.
Dr. Anderson’s published works include textbook contributions on worksite wellness and the creation of transplant selection protocols. A more recent area of focus has been on women’s adjustment to breast cancer. At the time of her interview, she was in the process of developing a skills training program to assist newly diagnosed patients to confront and overcome breast cancer.
Dr. Anderson has also enjoyed a long career as an educator, professing her areas of expertise to future generation psychologists as well as medical students. She teaches at the Medical College of Wisconsin where, in addition to classroom teaching, she advises second year medical students. She also has long-standing affiliations with Marquette University and Edgewood College, where she has taught a broad array of courses over the years.
In addition to her teaching, research and administrative work, Dr. Anderson has also been an active clinician. She conducts psychological assessments for transplant surgery and maintains a case load of outpatient psychotherapy clients. Although she focuses on issues of preparation for and adjustment to transplant surgery, her practice also includes work on a variety of ongoing life concerns.
In addition to her work as a psychologist, Dr. Anderson is the proud mother of three and grandmother of five.
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