Anderson, Chris
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Science department. He received his PhD from Brigham Young University in Clinical Psychology and completed his clinical training at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Depending on the semester he teaches Brain and Behavior;  Research Methods; Intro to Therapy/Counseling; Intro to Psychology; and Health Psychology.

Dr. Anderson also maintains a research team with interests in Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and Pedagogy. Current projects in Health Psychology are seeking to identify behavioral and emotional patterns associated with obesity to better inform weight management strategies. Other projects aim to identify strategies to reduce stigma associated with obesity. Future projects in field will seek to identify the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for depression.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

American Psychological Association approved program



B.A., Spanish

Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah



B.S., Behavioral Science, Psychology emphasis

Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah



Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Psychologist

State of Utah

Reference # 9828269-2501


Weight Loss Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certification # 1170063313


Certified Personal Trainer

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certification # 1170077670


Advanced Business Spanish

University of Alcala





Anderson, C.D., Hammond, R.J. (2016). A Pilot Study of the Lifestyle Questionnaire for Weight

Management Shows Scores Significantly Associate With Weight Trajectory. The

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 10(4).

Anderson, C. D. (2015). Interactions between Gender, Social support, Acculturation, and Health

among Mexican Immigrants (Doctoral Dissertation).

Steffen, P. R., Walker, J., Meredith, R., & Anderson, C. (2011). The Effects of Job Instability

and Financial Strain on C-Reactive Protein in a Sample of Mexican Immigrants. Ethnicity

& disease, 26(1), 37.

Anderson C.D., Hammond, R.J., Humphries, D., McAllister, C., Jackson, B. (2017). How Much Healthy

Lifestyle is needed for Weight Management Success? A Cross-Sectional Examination of Healthy

Lifestyle Dosage and Success Rates. (In preparation).

Poster presentations

Anderson, C.D., Hammond, R.J., McAllister, C. & Humphries, D. (2017). The Use of the                    LifestyleQuestionnaire for Weight Management to Improve Weight Management Counseling. Scheduled to be presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. March, 2017.

Anderson, C.D., Steffen, P., Walker, J., Van Dyke, J. (2009). Spiritual values and cardiovasculardisease risk factors in Mexican immigrants. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Psychosomatic Society. Chicago, March 2009.

Roberts, R., Anderson, C.D. (2015). Accuracy in predicting personal BMI category among collegeStudents. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity and Weight Management December 07-09, 2015 Atlanta, USA.

Liao, V., Hammond, R., Anderson, C.D. (2015). Using self-reported negative emotions to predictkey health and weight measures among college students. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity and Weight Management December 07-09, 2015 Atlanta, USA

Tsoi, C., Anderson, C.D., Hammond, R.J., & Roberts, R. (2015, December). Lifestyle differences in weight management in American and Taiwanese college students. Poster presented at The 9th International conference and Exhibition on Obesity & Weight Management (OMICS International), Atlanta, GA.

Steffen, P.R., Walker, J., Van Dyke, J. & Anderson, C. (2010). Marital satisfaction, but not maritalstatus, buffers the negative effects of acculturative stress in Mexican immigrants. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Public & Professional Presentations

Anderson, C.D. (2016). How much will you weigh in five years? An examination of weightpatterns based upon common behaviors. Invited speaker at the Behavioral Science Speaker Series held Oct. 12th, 2016. Orem, UT.

Anderson, C.D. (2015). The Clinical Utility of the Lifestyle Questionnaire for WeightManagement. Presentation given at the 9th International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity & Weight Management (OMICS International), Atlanta, GA. December.

Anderson, C.D. (2011). Getting into graduate school. Guest presenter to Professor RonHammond’s Applied Research class at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah onDecember 9th, 2011.

Slife, B., Anderson, C.D., Fair, J., Blue Star, J. (2011). Relationality in therapy. Paper presented atcase conference at Wasatch Mental Health Center in Provo, Utah on May 12th, 2011.

Teaching Experience 

Classes Taught:

Research Methods

Experimental Psychology

Clinical Research

Applied Behavioral Science Research

Introduction to Psychology

Positive Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Ethics in Behavioral Science

Brain and Behavior


Adolescent Development

Child Development


Training in Clinical Psychology

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center;Cleveland, Ohio                                                               2013-2014

Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern in Health Psychology

Pain Management Rotation (4 months):Conducted psychological assessment & intervention (Psychotherapy & biofeedback) for chronic pain patients.

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (PRRTP) Rotation (4 months):Lead CBT groups for patients with serious mental illness in addiction recovery.

Primary Care Psychology Rotation (4 months): Lead groups and individual sessions for weight loss, diabetes management, hypertension, and smoking cessation. Conducted cognitive evaluations to determine patients' capacity to participate in their own medical/financial decisions.

Interdisciplinary Care Enrichment: Provided psychological assessment and intervention with psychologists working with cardiologists and medical residents.                                                

Mountainlands Family Health Center; Provo, Utah                                                        2010-2013

    Provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services.

CY Roby & Associates; Orem, Utah                                                                                2012-2013

    Provided psychological assessment services.

BYU Comprehensive Clinic; Provo, Utah                                                                        2008-2011

    Provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services.