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Andrea Bjornestad

Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor, Extension Mental Health Specialist


Associate Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist

Office Building

Wenona Hall



Mailing Address

Wenona Hall 302
Counseling & Human Development-Box 0507
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Ph.D. University of South Dakota
M.A. University of South Dakota
B.S. South Dakota State University

Academic Interests

group counseling, service learning, marriage and family therapy


  • Agricultural Mental Health
  • Extension Responsibilities

    Mental Health Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Outreach & Engagement, South Dakota State University, 2023

    E. Gordon Poling Administrator Award, South Dakota Counseling Association, 2019

    Outstanding Extension Faculty, College of EHS, 2019

    College of Education & Human Sciences Outstanding Researcher, 2018

    Outstanding Early Career Faculty for Research, College of EHS, 2017

    Outstanding Professional Teaching Award, North Central Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, 2016

    SDSU Sewrey Colloquium Speaker in Research/Scholarship, 2015

    Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year, Minnesota School Counselors Association, 2014

    Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year, Southeast Minnesota School Counselors Association, 2014

    Student Practitioner Award, International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors, 2009


    South Dakota State $14,965 Barry (PI) 2023 – current
    University SPARC Grant
    Effects of SD FIT for Improving Diet, Exercise, and Mental Health in Volunteer Firefighters.
    Role: Investigator

    UMASH/CDC/NIOSH $850,500 Bender (Center PI), Becot (Project PD/PI) 2022 – current
    Identifying Individual and Contextual Determinants Underpinning Farmers’ Help-Seeking Behaviors and Their Role in Shaping Mental Health Outcomes
    Role: Co-PI

    USDA/NIFA $7,187,000 Rudolphi (PI) 2020 – current
    North Central Farm and Ranch Assistance Center: Engaging Programs to Support Producer Wellbeing
    Role: Co-PI

    USDA/South Dakota $500,000 Walsh & Pontious (PI) 2021 – 2023
    Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources
    Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Farm Families in South Dakota
    Role: PI

    USDA/NIFA $19,262 Skidmore (PI) 2021
    Farm Stress Employee Training and Technical Assistance Team
    Role: Consultant

    USDA/NIFA $3,000 Skidmore (PI) 2020
    Farm Stress Employee Training and Technical Assistance Team
    Role: Consultant

    USDA/NIFA $25,000 Skidmore (PI) 2019
    Farm Stress Employee Training and Technical Assistance Team
    Role: Consultant

    USDA/NIFA $720,000 Schoch (PI) 2018 – 2020
    Tatanka Ki Owetu “The Renewal”
    Role: Co-PI

    North Central Regional $24,683 Henning-Smith (PI) 2018 – 2019
    Center For Rural Development
    Innovative Models of Mental Health Care for Farmers and Farm Families
    Role: Co-PI

    United States Army $241,644 Bjornestad (PI) 2017 – 2020
    Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Improving Officer-Soldier Relationships Through Active Listening Skills Training
    Role: PI

    North Central Regional $24,973 Bjornestad (PI) 2017 – 2018
    Center for Rural Development
    Rural Mental Health: Understanding Stress and Depression in Farmers and Ranchers
    Role: PI

    SDSU Research/Scholarship $1,950 Prosch (PI) 2017 – 2018
    Support Fund
    The Impact of Physical Activity on Stress and Depression in Farmers
    Role: Co-PI

    SDSU Women & Giving $2,000 Bjornestad (PI) 2015 – 2016
    Called to Serve: A Military Women’s Leadership Conference
    Role: PI

    SDSU Scholarly $3,000 Bjornestad (PI) 2015 – 2016
    Excellence Fund
    Developing a Wellness Inventory for Military Service Members & Veterans
    Role: PI

    SDSU Research/Scholarship $1,800 Bjornestad (PI) 2015 – 2016
    Support Fund
    The Relationship Between Symptoms of Depression and Social Support in Farmers
    Role: PI

    SDSU Women & Giving $1,500 Bjornestad (PI) 2014 – 2015
    Called to Serve: A Women’s Wellness Series
    Role: PI

    Bush Grant, Winona State $15,000 Cigrand (PI) 2013 – 2014
    Institute for Educational Innovation
    Role: Co-PI

    Learning and Community $500 Bjornestad (PI) 2013 – 2014
    Engagement (LaCE) Curriculum Grant
    Service-Learning in Professional School Counseling: Conducting a Needs Assessment
    Role: PI

    Area(s) of Research

    supporting military veterans and dependents, impact of PTSD on military veterans and dependents, secondary trauma in military spouses, farm/ranch family wellness, rural mental health


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