Lisa McAndrew

Lisa McAndrew

Associate Professor
Educational & Counseling Psychology
School of Education


Catskill 263

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, PhD

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Dr. McAndrew joined the Counseling Psychology faculty in Fall 2013. Her research investigates how patients understand their health and well-being. She uses this information to develop behavioral treatments patients want to receive.

Her work focuses on chronic pain and veterans with post-deployment health concerns. Dr. McAndrew has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and received $6 million in federal funding to support this work.

Teaching:  Prevention, Social Psychology

Research Interests:  Health Psychology


McAndrew, L.M., Slotkin, S., Kimber, J., Maestro, K., Phillips, L.A., Martin, J.L., Crede, M., & Eklund, A. (under review). Cultural congruity of student Veterans predicts academic success. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

McAndrew, L.M., Lu, S., Phillips, A. Maestro, K., & Quigley, K.S., (in press). Mutual maintenance of PTSD and physical symptoms for Veterans returning from deployment. European Journal of Psychotraumatology.

McAndrew, L.M., Friedlander, M., Litke, D.A., Phillips, L.A., Kimber, J., & Helmer, D.A. (in press). Medically unexplained physical symptoms: What they are and why counseling psychologists should care about them. The Counseling Psychologist.

Phillips, L.A., & McAndrew, L.M. (in press). An empirical evaluation of Veterans’ perceived non concordance with the provider regarding medically unexplained symptoms. The Counseling Psychologist.

Friedlander, M.L., Kangos, K., Maestro, K., Muetzelfeld, H., Wright, S., Da Silva, N., Kimber, J., Helmer, D.A., & McAndrew, L.M. (in press). Introducing the system for observing medical alliances (SOMA): A tool for studying concordance in patient-physician relationships. The Counseling Psychologist.

McAndrew, L.M., Crede, M., Maestro, K., Slotkin, S., Kimber, J., & Phillips, L.A. (in press). Using the common-sense model to understand outcomes for medically unexplained illness: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review.

Anastasides, N., Chiusano, C., Gonzalez, C., Graff, F., Litke, D., McDonald, E., Presnall-Shvorin, J., Sullivan, N., Quigley, K.S., Pigeon, W., Helmer, D.A., Santos, S.L., & McAndrew, L.M.* (2019). Helpful ways providers can communicate about medically unexplained symptoms. BMC Family Practice, 20, 13. https://doi: 10.1186/s12875-018-0881-8

Mohanty, A.F., McAndrew, L.M., Helmer, D.A., Samore, M.H., & Gundlapalli, A.V. (2018). Chronic multisymptom illness among Iraq/Afghanistan-deployed US Veterans and their healthcare utilization within the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33, 1419-1422.

McAndrew, L.M., Helmer, D.A., Lu, S-E., Chandler, H.K., Slotkin, S., & Quigley, K.S. (2018). Longitudinal relationship between onset of physical symptoms and functional impairment. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 819-826.

McAndrew, L.M., Greenberg, L., Ciccione, D., Helmer, D.A., & Chandler, H. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy for Veterans with chronic multisymptom illness. Military Behavioral Health, 6, 56-65.

McAndrew, L.M., Martin, J.L., Friedlander, M., Shaffer, K., Breland, J., Slotkin, S., & Leventhal, H. (2017). The common-sense of counseling psychology: Introducing the Common-Sense Model of Self-Regulation. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31, 497-512,

McAndrew, L.M., Phillips, L.A., Helmer, D.A., Maestro, K., Engel, C.C., Greenberg, L., Anastasides, N., & Quigley, K.S. (2017). High healthcare utilization at the onset of medically unexplained symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 98, 98-105.

Phillips, L.A., McAndrew, L.M., Laman-Maharg, B., & Bloeser, K. (2017). Evaluating challenges for improving medically unexplained symptoms in US Military Veterans via provider communication. Patient Education and Counseling, 100, 1580-1587.

Greenberg, L. M., Litke, D. R., Ray, K., Rath, J. F., Pigeon, W. R., Helmer, D. A., Anastasides, N. & McAndrew, L. M. (2017). Developing a problem-solving treatment for Gulf War Illness: Cognitive rehabilitation of Veterans with complex post-deployment health concerns. Clinical Social Work Journal, 46, 100-109. https://doi:10.1007/s10615-017-0616-7

McAndrew, L.M., Held, R.F., Abbi, B., Quigley, K.S., Helmer, D.A., Pasupuleti, R. & Chandler, H.K. (2017). Less engagement in pleasurable activities is associated with poorer quality of life for Veterans with comorbid post-deployment conditions. Military Psychology, 29, 74-81.