Professor Andersen is a health psychologist who specializes in the psychophysiology of stress and stress-related mental and physical health issues. She has more than a decade of experience working with populations exposed to severe and chronic stress, including combat soldiers and police.
Her ongoing research projects include the development of evidence-based, use of force training programs among police and special forces teams in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Further, she is working to customize evidence-based resilience programs for different sectors of first responders who are exposed to trauma.
Professor Andersen has been working in the area of health disparities research for a number of years. In this line of work, she and her team are investigating the health risk and resilience factors among LGBTQ individuals exposed to discrimination and trauma.