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Behavioral Science




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Photo of Michael AndrykowskiMichael Andrykowski, Ph.D.

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984)

133 Medical Behavioral Science Building
Phone: (859) 323-6657

Research Description

Dr. Andrykowski’s research interests are focused within the fields of behavioral and psychosocial oncology.   His research examines the broad impact of cancer and cancer treatment upon the lives of cancer patients and cancer caregivers.  Specific cancer-related outcomes which have been investigated include quality of life, psychological adjustment, and mental health outcomes, positive attitudinal and behavioral change, cognitive functioning, and physical symptom development (e.g., nausea and vomiting, fatigue, menopausal symptoms, pain).   His research also examines the impact of participation in cancer screening and diagnostic testing as well as testing for hereditary cancers.  Specific outcomes which have been investigated include distress, benefit-finding, cancer risk perceptions, and future adherence with cancer screening recommendations.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Andrykowski taught full-length courses during 2012 in the Medical, Graduate, and Clinical & Translational Science curriculums. Specifically, he taught one year-long section of Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) as well as semester long courses in Interdisciplinary Protocol Development (BSC732) and Psychosocial Oncology (BSC 773). Dr. Andrykowski also continued his service as a research mentor to graduate students during 2012, serving as chairperson for two completed doctoral dissertations, chairing one doctoral dissertation in progress, and serving as a committee member for 6 additional doctoral dissertations in progress. Dr. Andrykowski had 7 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in 2012 (2 as primary author, 2 as senior author), with the majority of these manuscripts appearing in top tier journals such as Cancer and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. He is also an author on 5 additional peer-reviewed manuscripts currently “in press” (2 as primary author, 2 as senior author) and he is an author on 6 additional manuscripts currently undergoing editorial review (2 as primary author, 3 as senior author). Dr. Andrykowski served as co-investigator on UK’s NIH-funded center grant for clinical and translational science and also served as a co-investigator on 3 external grants submitted for funding during 2012 (2 to NIH and 1 to PCORI). He is also working with an international team of investigators and staff from the NIH Biobehavioral Research program seeking NIH funding to support a demonstration project to use Integrative Data Analysis to determine the nature and incidence of cognitive changes in patients with breast cancer after chemotherapy. Finally, Dr. Andrykowski served as co-author for 5 poster presentations and 3 platform presentations at national or international meetings. Dr. Andrykowski was appointed to a second term as a full member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Subcommittee J – Career Development (standing study section). Dr. Andrykowski also served as a grant reviewer for several international agencies including the European Union, Dutch Cancer Society, Romanian National Council for Scientific Research, and the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment, and Quality (Spain). Within the University of Kentucky, Dr. Andrykowski served as a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Within the Markey Cancer Center, he served as a member of the Protocol Review Committee as well as the Internal Advisory Board for the Cancer Control Program. Dr. Andrykowski also served as a member of the KL2 Admissions and Advisory Committee for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. At the national level, Dr. Andrykowski served as a Member of the Editorial Board for 7 peer-reviewed journals and as an Abstract Reviewer for the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He served as a Member of the Behavioral Science Task Force of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Finally Dr. Andrykowski served as an external advisory board or steering committee member for the Meharry-Vanderbilt Cancer Research Partnership, NIH R25 Cancer Education Programs at both Indiana University Medical Center and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Fox Chase Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Cancer Center of New Jersey.

Research Funding

Program Director, "Research Training in Medical Behavioral Science," NIMH, 2000-2006.

Principal Investigator, "Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Psychobehavioral Outcomes," NIH, 2000-2009.

Principal Investigator, "Cognitive-Behavioral Aspects of Cancer-Related Fatigue," NIH, 1999-2009.

Program Director, "Research Training in Biopsychosocial Breast Cancer Research," U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, 1999-2004.

Principal Investigator, "Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Cancer Screening," NIH, 2004-2009.

Principal Investigator, “Apolipoprotein E Genotype and Cognitive Performance in Breast Cancer Survivors,” NIH, 2006-2008  (PI for UK subcontract to University of South Florida).

Co-Investigator, “Kentucky Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program,” NIH, 2004-2009. 

Representative Publications

Jacobsen, P.B., Donovan, K.A., Small, B.J., Jim, H.S., Munster, P., & Andrykowski, M.A. (in press).  Fatigue following treatment for early stage breast cancer:  A controlled comparison.  Cancer.

Donovan, K.A., Small, B.J., Andrykowski, M.A., Munster, P., & Jacobsen, P.B. (2007).  Utility of a cognitive-behavioral model to predict fatigue following breast cancer treatment.  Health Psychology, 26, 464-472. 

Andrykowski, M.A., Beacham, A.O., & Jacobsen, P.B.  (2007).  Prospective, longitudinal study of leisure time exercise in women with early stage breast cancer.   Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 16, 430-438.   

Andrykowski, M.A., Zhang, Mei, Pavlik, E.A., & Kryscio, R.  (2007). Prospective study of factors associated with return for routine annual screening in an ovarian cancer screening program.  Gynecologic Oncology, 104, 695-701.   

Harper, F.W.K., Schmidt, J.E., Beacham, A.O., Salsman, J.M., Averill, A.J., Graves, K.D., & Andrykowski, M.A. (2007).  The role of Social Cognitive Processing theory and optimism in positive psychosocial and physical behavior change after cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Psycho-Oncology 16, 79-91. 

Andrykowski, M.A., & Manne, S.L. (2006).  Are psychological interventions effective and accepted by cancer patients? I.  Standards and levels of evidence.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 32, 93-97. 

Andrykowski, M.A., Beacham, A.O., Schmidt, J.E., Harper, F.W.K. (2006).  Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to understanding intentions to engage in physical and psychosocial health behaviors after cancer diagnosis.  Psychooncology, 15, 759-771.

Andrykowski, M.A., Schmidt, J.S., Salsman, J.E., Beacham, A.O., & Jacobsen, P.B. (2005). Use of a case-definition approach to identify cancer-related fatigue in women undergoing adjuvant therapy for breast cancer.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23, 6613-6622.

Andrykowski, M.A., Bishop, Michelle, Hahn, E.A., Cella, D., Beaumont, J.L., Brady, M., Horowitz, M., Sobocinski, K., Rizzo, D., & Wingard, J.R. (2005).  Long-term health-related quality of life, growth, and spiritual well-being following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.    Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23, 599-608.

Andrykowski, M.A., Boerner, L., Salsman, J., & Pavlik, E. (2004).  Psychological response to test results in an ovarian cancer screening program:  A prospective, longitudinal study.  Health Psychology, 23, 622-630.

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