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Austen Anderson

Dr. Austen Anderson

Assistant Professor


Dr. Austen Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Counseling Psychology. Throughout his training and career he has been interested in understanding well-being and what we can do to promote it. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Waco, TX and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA's VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans. His current research focuses on identifying the lifestyle behaviors (e.g. diet, exercise, sleep, time spent in nature) that most strongly predict mental health and well-being. He is also specifically interested in better understanding the benefits of spending time in nature and the role of lifestyle change in traditional behavioral interventions. Learn more about his work at the Lifestyle, Environment and Flourishing (LEAF) Lab's website

  • PHD - University of Miami (2019)
  • BS - Brigham Young University-Provo (2012)

PSY 433 - Workshop in Counseling Procedures
PSY 312 - Counseling Theories and Practice

PSY 652 - Practicum I
PSY 717 - Theory and Practice of Developmental Counseling

  • American Psychological Association

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Areas of Expertise

Counseling Psychology; Lifestyle behaviors, mental health and well-being; Nature/outdoor engagement; Daily diary methods