Dr. Christianson 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 clinical practice, Dr. Christianson is the Training Director for the Health Psychology Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which is a pre-doctoral psychology internship program that focuses on health service psychology within a hospital setting. 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 Chair-Elect 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. She sees patients with psychological sequelae related to cancer, chronic illness, depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders.