Heidi F. Christianson, PhD

Heidi F. Christianson, PhD Assistant Professor

Psycho-oncologist, Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital

(414) 955-8900

Heidi completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Christianson provides psychological services including assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation at the Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Christianson works with the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program performing pre-BMT evaluations and follow-up psychological care as patients cope with the resultant behavioral and health restrictions associated with the bone marrow transplant process.  She also helps patients address adjustment to illness, psychological disorders co-existing with cancer diagnosis, complicated patient and/or family situations, and maladaptive behavioral coping strategies. In addition to direct patient care, Dr. Christianson collaborates with the Froedtert Grace Clinic Staff on early screening and intervention for psychological distress and quality of life throughout the cancer treatment process.

In addition to health psychology, Dr. Christianson directs the Resident and Student Mental Health Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  She speaks to a broad range of audiences about psychological health and wellness, particularly in the setting of medical training and academic medical practice.

Dr. Christianson’s academic interests include coping and adjustment to cancer, clinical treatment efficacy in health psychology settings, men’s issues, and geropsychology. Dr. Christianson is currently managing a bank of psychosocial data for coping and adjustment prior to stem cell transplant. She also currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Health Psychology Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Christianson sees outpatients and families through the Froedtert Hospital Clinical Cancer Center Grace Clinic and at the Behavioral Health Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, MCW, at Tosa Center. She sees patients with psychological sequelae related to cancer, chronic illness, depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders.


Selected publications:

Wester, S.R., Christianson, H. F., Vogel, D.L., & Wei, M. (2007).  Male gender role conflict and psychological distress: The role of social support. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 8, 215-224.

Grunert, B. K., Weis, J. M., Smucker, M. R., & Christianson, H. F. (2007).  Imagery rescripting and reprocessing therapy after failed prolonged exposure for post-traumatic stress disorder following industrial injury.  Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 38, 4, 317-328. 

Fleischman, K., Smothers, M. K., Christianson, H. F., Carter, L., Hains, A. A., & Davies, W. H. (2011).  Experiences of adolescents with T1 Diabetes as they transition from middle to high school. Journal of School Counseling, 9, 1-26.

Weis, J. M., Grunert, B. K., & Christianson, H. F. (2012).  Early versus delayed imaginal exposure for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder following accidental upper extremity injury.  Hand, 7, 127-133.

Christianson, H. F., Weis, J. M., & Fouad, N. A. (2013).  Cognitive Adaptation Theory and Quality of Life in Late-Stage Cancer Patients.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31, 3, 266-281.

Estabrook, K. & Christianson, H. (2013).  Medical Student Healthcare Barriers and Solutions:  Perspectives of Students.  Academic Psychiatry, 37, 4, 283-284.

Fleischman, K., Chien, L., Hains, A., Christianson, H.F., Ladwig, R.J., Khan, K.A., Davies, H., Hainsworth, K.R., Garwood, M., Weisman, S.J. (2014).  Experiences of Adolescents Seeking Multidisciplinary Treatment for Chronic Pain. Universal Journal of Psychology, 2, 1, 28-35.



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