Lisa M. Anderson
I obtained my BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. I completed my APA-accredited clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Psychology Training Consortium and my postdoctoral research fellowship in the NIMH T32 Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science and the Director of Education & Training for the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research.
My clinical training focused primarily on the treatment of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders in adolescents and adults. Within the department, I am a Clinical Psychologist in the Interventional Psychiatry program and provide evidence-based treatments (cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, exposure therapy) for treatment-resistant mood, anxiety, and anxiety-related disorders.
Within the University, I am a member of the Institutional Review Board.
- Eating disorders
- Adult anxiety; social anxiety
(for academic support only)
In the Media
- 2023: Featured in this Medical School article titled, “Talking eating disorders with U of M,” to commemorate National Eating Disorders Week, February 27-March 5.
Dr. Anderson's research seeks to identify and characterize the behavioral and biological factors that contribute to the risk and maintenance of eating disorders, in order to inform efforts to develop and optimize novel, targeted treatments for individuals with eating disorder psychopathology. Her research is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and aims to examine the computational and neurophysiological processes that underlie threat-based learning and decision-making systems in individuals with eating disorders. This work informs a parallel line of research with the purpose to develop novel precision treatments for eating disorders.
Dr. Anderson has taught undergraduate psychology courses on psychopathology and has presented on eating disorders, body image, and motivational interviewing as a guest lecturer. Dr. Anderson has also provided clinical training and supervision on the use of motivational interviewing in inpatient populations, as well as on the use of exposure therapy for treating eating disorders.
Dr. Anderson has been trained to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Dr. Anderson's clinical experience has predominantly involved cognitive-behavioral therapy (traditional CBT, exposure and response prevention therapy, The Unified Protocol, third-wave behavior therapies (dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance, and commitment therapy) for mood and anxiety disorders, and specialized eating disorder treatment (enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy).
Her clinical interests include Anxiety Disorders; Eating Disorders; Body Image; Mood Disorders.