Andrea is a Research Associate in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, Division of Health Services and Policy.

She completed a doctorate (Dr. Phil.) in Health Psychology and a habilitation (Dr. Habil. Med.) in Medical Psychology, both from the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany. Andrea did postdoctoral work at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, the Toronto Hospital General Research Institute, and UBC’s Department of Psychology. She is also trained as Clinical Psychologist (German Association for Behaviour Therapy, DGVT) and has obtained licensure and registration.

Her main research interests are in cancer prevention (hereditary cancer risk, preventative surgeries) and cancer survivorship. She has developed decision aids for BRCA1/2 carriers with regards which decisions to draw from high risk status and for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to support shared medical treatment decision making. Andrea had analyzed large provincial data sets and investigated patients’ emotional distress and how it affects mortality in various types of cancers.

Currently, she is training and coaching peer navigators who support more recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients to better adjust to their illness. This Canada-wide research program (PI Dr. Arminee Kazanjian) is pilot tested and now in a stage to seek implementation into routine supportive care.

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Andrea can be reached at or +1 (604) 827-1831

phone: 6048271831