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5 Questions with Faculty: Lisa McAndrew

Lisa McAndrew spends time with her family at an apple orchard.

ALBANY, N. Y. (May 23, 2017) — Lisa M. McAndrew came back home. An assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, McAndrew was raised in
Voorheesville. “I came back three years ago to be part of UAlbany's excellent Counseling program,” she said.

What are you working on now?

We are trying to improve daily life for veterans with Gulf War illness. Gulf War illness is characterized by multiple physical (e.g., pain) and cognitive symptoms (e.g., memory problems). We are conducting a clinical trial to see if rehabilitating cognitive function helps veterans with Gulf War Illness. We are also looking to learn the best ways for physicians to talk to veterans about Gulf War illness.

What made you decide to pursue your field?

In college I became interested in how my friends each thought differently about weight management. I choose to become a counseling health psychologist to understand how people think about health conditions and how we can use that information to improve interventions. Our current studies came from conversations with veterans about their views on Gulf War illness.

If you weren’t teaching at a university, what would you be doing?

I'd work for the state as a scientist improving public health.

What was the last book you read for pleasure?

Confidence Code, which addresses women being less confident in the workplace.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?

My first day, I looked up to the School of Education from the parking lot and felt proud of being part of our outstanding faculty. I still feel that pride every time I come to work, and that's why the parking lot in front of the School of Education is my favorite spot on campus.

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