Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Heidi F. Christianson, Ph.D.

Heidi F. Christianson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and psycho-oncologist at the Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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. Dr. Christianson works with the full spectrum of cancer patients and cancer care teams addressing adjustment to illness, psychological disorders co-existing with cancer diagnosis, complicated patient and/or family situations, and maladaptive behavioral coping strategies. She also works as part of the Bone Marrow Transplant team, 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.

Dr. Christianson currently serves as the secretary of the Milwaukee Area Psychological Association and the co-editor of the newsletter for the Health Psychology Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association.

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 working on a study examining the impact of cognitive coping strategies and personality traits on quality of life with late-stage cancer patients.

Dr. Christianson sees outpatients and families through the Froedtert Hospital Clinical Cancer Center. She also sees outpatients 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., Fouad, N. A., & Santiago-Rivera, A. (2008). Information processing and collaborative problem solving in the face of problematic students. Professional Psychology Supervision and Training.

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

Wester, S.R., Christianson, H. F., Vogel, D.L., & Wei, M. (2007). Gender role conflict and
psychological distress. The role of social support. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

 

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