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Andrea Bradford, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Andrea Bradford, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Bradford is a licensed psychologist with interests in cancer survivorship, women’s sexual and reproductive health, and delivery of mental health services in medical care settings.

Dr. Bradford received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she conducted research on women’s sexual function and sexual psychophysiology. She completed her psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine prior to joining the MD Anderson faculty in 2010. She has received multiple research awards and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Her research has also captured the attention of the national news media and has been featured in outlets such as Time Magazine, WebMD, and ABC News.

In 2011, Dr. Bradford launched the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) program in the Gynecologic Oncology Center. The WISH program provides evaluation and treatment of sexual problems for all female patients at MD Anderson. The program is also dedicated to educating patients and providers about sexual health issues. Dr. Bradford provides outreach by presenting at patient support groups and provider meetings, contributing periodically to the MD Anderson Cancerwise blog, and developing patient education and screening materials.

Research Interests

Sexual dysfunction
Infertility-related distress
Psychosocial oncology
Mental health integration in medical care settings
Health services research

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine
1155 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1362
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB6.3247
Fax: (713)792-7586

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2009 The University of Texas, Austin, TX, PHD, Clinical Psychology
2004 The University of Texas, Austin, TX, MA, Clinical Psychology
2000 The University of Texas, Austin, TX, BA, Psychology


Academic Appointments

Instructor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/2010-11/2012

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Survivorship Research Advisory Committee, 11/2012-present
Member, Psychosocial, Behavioral and Health Services Research Committee, 7/2011-present

Honors and Awards

2011 Best Poster Award, Cancer Survivorship and Sexual Health Symposium, International Society for Sexual Medicine
2010 Prize Essay Award, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health
2009 Elected Full Member of the International Academy of Sex Research
2009 Paul Baer Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine
2007-2008 William S. Livingston Graduate Research Fellowship, The University of Texas
2007 Björn Lundquist New Investigator Award, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
2005 Prize Essay Award, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
2003 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, The University of Texas

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Member, APA Division 38 (Health Psychology), 1/2011-present
Member, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, 2011-present
Member, 2009-present
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Member, 2014-present
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member, 7/2014-present
International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health
Member, 2002-present
Society for Sex Therapy and Research
Member, 2014-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Bradford A, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Bevers T. Effect of routine screening for sexual problems in a breast cancer survivorship clinic. Psycho-oncology, 10/2015. e-Pub 10/2015.
2. Bradford A, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Gallegos J, Meaders K, Tung C, Ramondetta L. Assessment of sexual activity and dysfunction in medically underserved women with gynecologic cancers. Gynecol Oncol. e-Pub 8/2015. PMID: 26325527.
3. Bradford A. Sexual desire in female cancer survivors. Current Sexual Health Reports(7):30-37, 12/2014.
4. Bradford A. Listening to placebo in clinical trials for female sexual dysfunction. J Sex Med 10(2):451-459, 2/2013. e-Pub 10/2012. PMID: 23035868.
5. Bradford A, Brenes GA, Robinson RA, Wilson N, Snow AL, Kunik ME, Calleo J, Petersen NJ, Stanley MA, Amspoker AB. Concordance of self- and proxy-rated worry and anxiety symptoms in older adults with dementia. J Anxiety Disord 27(1):125-130, 1/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMCID: PMC3578141.
6. Bradford A, Shrestha S, Snow AL, Stanley MA, Wilson N, Hersch G, Kunik ME. Managing pain to prevent aggression in people with dementia: A nonpharmacologic intervention. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 27(1):41-7, 2/2012. PMID: 22467413.
7. Bradford A, Cully J, Rhoades H, Kunik M, Kraus-Schuman C, Wilson N, Stanley M. Early response to psychotherapy and long-term change in worry symptoms in older adults with generalized anxiety disorder. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 19(4):347-356, 4/2011. PMID: 21427643.
8. Bradford A, Upchurch C, Bass D, Judge K, Snow AL, Wilson N, Kunik ME. Knowledge of documented dementia diagnosis and treatment in veterans and their caregivers. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 26(2):127-133, 3/2011. e-Pub 1/27/2011. PMID: 21273206.
9. Bradford A, Meston CM. Behavior and symptom change among women treated with placebo for sexual dysfunction. J Sex Med 8(1):191-201, 1/2011. e-Pub 9/16/2010. PMCID: PMC3018860.
10. Bradford A, Kunik ME, Schulz P, Williams SP, Singh H. Missed and delayed diagnosis of dementia in primary care: prevalence and contributing factors. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 23(4):306-14, Oct-Dec, 10/2009. PMCID: PMC2787842.
11. Seal BN, Bradford A, Meston CM. The association between body esteem and sexual desire among college women. Arch Sex Behav 38(5):866-72, 10/2009. e-Pub 3/12/2009. PMID: 19280331.
12. Bradford A, Meston CM. Placebo response in the treatment of women's sexual dysfunctions: a review and commentary. J Sex Marital Ther 35(3):164-81, 2009. PMID: 19360517.
13. Bradford A, Meston C. Correlates of placebo response in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in women: a preliminary report. J Sex Med 4(5):1345-51, 9/2007. e-Pub 7/31/2007. PMCID: PMC2859204.
14. Bradford A, Meston C. Sexual outcomes and satisfaction with hysterectomy: influence of patient education. J Sex Med 4(1):106-14, 1/2007. e-Pub 11/6/2006. PMCID: PMC2857776.
15. Bradford A, Meston CM. The impact of anxiety on sexual arousal in women. Behav Res Ther 44(8):1067-77, 8/2006. e-Pub 9/30/2005. PMCID: PMC2857771.

Invited Articles

1. Meston CM, Bradford A. Sexual dysfunctions in women. Annu Rev Clin Psychol 3:233-56, 2007. PMID: 17716055.
2. Meston CM, Bradford A. A brief review of the factors influencing sexuality after hysterectomy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy 19:5-14, 2004.


1. Bradford A. Sexual outcomes of aromatase inhibitor therapy in women with breast cancer: time for intervention. Menopause 20(2):128-9, 2/2013. PMID: 23340263.

Book Chapters

1. Bradford A, Woodard TL. Sexuality and fertility in breast cancer survivors. In: Breast Cancer, 3rd. Springer: New York. In Press.
2. Bradford A. Gynecologic surgery. In: Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes. Ed(s) AR Block, DB Sarwer. American Psychological Association Press: Washington, 215-234, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4338-1242-2.
3. Kauth M, Bradford A. Sexual orientation and college students. In: Sex in College: The Things They Don't Write Home About. Ed(s) RD McAnulty. Praeger Press, 2012.
4. Bradford A, Meston CM. Sex and gender disorders. In: Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Ed(s) DH Barlow. Oxford University Press: New York, pp. 446-468, 2010.
5. Meston CM, Bradford A. Autonomic nervous system influences: the role of the sympathetic nervous system in female sexual arousal. In: The Psychophysiology of Sex. Ed(s) E. Janssen. Indiana University Press: Bloomington, Indiana, 2007.
6. Bradford A, Meston CM. Senior sexual health: the effects of aging on sexuality. In: Innovations in Clinical Practice: Focus on Sexual Health. Ed(s) L VandeCreek, FL Peterson, JW Bley. Professional Resources Press: Sarasota, Florida, 35-45, 2007.
7. Bradford A, Meston CM. The role of the brain and nervous system. In: Sexual Health: Vol 2, Physical Foundations. Ed(s) MS Tepper, AF Owens. Praeger Press: Westport, CT, 2007.
8. Bradford A, Meston CM. Special issues in the management of female sexual dysfunction: hysterectomy and alternative therapies. In: Women's Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Study, Diagnosis and Treatment. Ed(s) I Goldstein, C Meston, S Davis, A Traish. Taylor & Francis: London, 2006.

Letters to the Editor

1. Bradford A. Hysterectomy and sexual wellbeing: More questions are yet to be answered. BMJ 328(7431):107, 1/10/2004. PMCID: PMC314078.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Novel Psychological Intervention to Prevent Fertility-related Distress
Funding Source: NCCN
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Terri Woodard
Duration: 2014 - 2016
Title: Who Will Take Care of Gynecologic Cancer Survivors: You Can't Always Get What You Want
Funding Source: UT MDACC (Survivorship Research Seed Money Grant)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Diane Bodurka, MD
Duration: 2013 - 2014
Title: Preventing Sexual Dysfunction in Women on Aromatase Inhibitors
Funding Source: UT MDACC Duncan Family Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D.
Duration: 2012 - 2014

Last updated: 9/14/2015