Anderson, Dr. Kathryn
Associate Professor

Office: AHC3-236
Tel: 305-348-7708

Research Highlights

Postdoctoral Fellowship: U of Washington, School of Nursing 1998-2000.
PhD, U of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1993.
MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, U of Minnesota, 1991.
MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, U of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

Co-founder of the Family Health System Model (Anderson, 2003; Anderson, 2000; Anderson & Tomlinson, 1992).
Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist in Private Practice for over 20 years (1982-present).
Professor (tenured) in the Department of Family Health Nursing, U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
CNS and Director of Adolescent Treatment Program at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI (1980-1984).
Charge and Staff Nurse Psychiatry (1970-1978), and Charge and Staff Nurse Pediatrics (1969-1970).
Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member AAMFT & WAMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
National Council on Family Relations (Family Health and Research and Methodology Section)
American Psychiatric Nursing Association
Wisconsin and Florida Nurses Association (ANA)
Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Phi and Pi Alpha Chapters
Oncology Nursing Society.
Presented numerous papers and posters at international and national professional conferences.
Each summer leads an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Health Care Continuing Education Course in Scotland (August 1988-present).

Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory and Clinical Graduate Courses; Psych-Mental Health Track Coordinator

Impact of Cancer on Couple Interaction, Psychosocial Impact of Illness on the Family, Family Dynamics in Health and Illness, Nursing Interventions with Families in Health and Illness, Psychiatric Care; Family Measurement
Friedemann, M. L. & Anderson, K. H. (2005). Family health care across cultures: An international online program. Journal of Family Nursing, 11(1), 79-82.
Anderson, K. H. (2000). The Family Health System approach to family systems nursing. Journal of Family Nursing, 6(2), 103-119.
Anderson, K. H., & Valentine, K. L. (1998). Establishing and sustaining a Family Nursing Center for families with chronic illness: The Wisconsin experience. Journal of Family Nursing, 4(2), 127-141.
Tomlinson, P. S., Harbaugh, B., & Anderson, K. (1996). Children’s temperament at 3 months and 6 years old: Stability, reliability, and measurement. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 19, 33-47.
Tomlinson, P. S., Kirschbaum, M., Harbaugh, B., & Anderson, K. (1996). The influence of illness severity and family resources on marital uncertainty during critical pediatric hospitalization. American Journal of Critical Care, 5, 140-146.
Anderson, K., Hobson, A., Steiner, P., & Rodel, B. (1992). Patients with dementia: Involving families to maximize nursing care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 18 (7), 19-25.
Anderson, K. & Tomlinson, P. (1992). Family Health System as an emerging paradigm in nursing. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 24 (1), 57-63.
Wastlick, L. & Anderson, K. (1991). Family protective thinking about cardiac events: Nursing interventions to promote maintenance of family health behaviors. Wisconsin Medical Journal, (July), 438-440. (Graduate Student/Faculty paper; won Annual Graduate Writing Award.)
Chapters in Books:
Lewis, F. M., Behar, L. C., Anderson, K. H., Shands, M. E., Zahlis, E. H., Darby, E., & Sinsheimer, J. A. (2000). Blowing away the myths about the child’s experience with the mother’s breast cancer. In L. Baider et. al (Eds.), Cancer and the family (2nd Ed.), pp 201-221. Sussex, GB: John Wiley & Sons.
Anderson, K. H. (1998). The relationship between family sense of coherence and family quality of life after illness diagnosis: Collective and consensus views. In H. I. McCubbin, E. A. Thompson, A. I. Thompson, J. E. Fromer (Eds.), Stress, coping and health in families: Sense of coherence and resiliency, pp. 169-187. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Being with Friends, Listening to music of all kinds, Traveling, Theater, Dance, Watching Football and Basketball, Beaches, Leisurely Dinners with Friends, Reading

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