Andrea Bjornestad

Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor, Extension Mental Health Specialist

Title

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist

Office Building

Wenona Hall

Office

302

Mailing Address

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

Education

Ph.D. University of South Dakota
MA University of South Dakota
BS South Dakota State University

Academic Interests/Expertise

group counseling, service learning, marriage and family therapy

Extension Responsibilities

Mental Health Specialist: lead the SDSU Extension Rural Behavioral Health team, research, program development, and invited speaker related to the mental health of farmers and ranchers.

Awards and Honors

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

Grants

Henning-Smith, C., Inwood, S., & Bjornestad, A. (2018, awarded). $24,683. North Central Regional
Center for Rural Development. Project Title: Innovative models of mental health care for farmers and farm families. Role: Co-Investigator.

Schoch, J., Hammond, P., Burrows, R., Bjornestad, A., Murner, T., & Deans, B. (2018, awarded).
$720,000. USDA-NIFA. Project Title: Tatanka Ki Owetu “The Renewal.” Role: Co-Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., Pish, S., Funkenbusch, K., Olson, C., & Brown, L. (2017, awarded). $24,973. North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. Project Title: Rural mental health: Understanding stress and depression in farmers and ranchers. Role: Principal Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., Olson, S., & Corbett, K. (2017, awarded). $241,644. United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Project Title: Improving officer-soldier relationships through active listening skills training. Role: Principal Investigator.

Prosch, N., & Bjornestad, A. (2017, awarded). $1,950. Research/Scholarship Support Fund, South Dakota State University. Project Title: The Impact of Physical Activity on Stress and Depression in Farmers. Role: Co-Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., & Ruesink, M. (2015, awarded). $2,000. Women and Giving, South Dakota State University. Project Title: Called to Serve: A Military Women’s Leadership Conference. Role: Principal Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., & Mercado, C. (2015, awarded). $3,000. Scholarly Excellence Fund, South Dakota State University. Project Title: Developing a Wellness Inventory for Military Service Members & Veterans. Role: Principal Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., & Brown, L. (2015, awarded). $1,800. Research/Scholarship Support Fund, South Dakota State University. Project Title: The Relationship Between Symptoms of Depression and Social Support in Farmers. Role: Principal Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., Letcher, A., & Ruesink, M. (2014, awarded). $1,500. Women and Giving, South Dakota State University. Project Title: Called to Serve: A Women’s Wellness Series. Role: Principal Investigator.

Bjornestad, A., & Cigrand, D. (2013, awarded). $15,000. Teach 21 project funding from Bush Grant, Winona State University. Project Title: Institute for Educational Innovation. Role: Co-Investigator.

Bjornestad A. (Fall 2013, awarded). $500. Learning and Community Engagement (LaCE) Curriculum Grant, Winona State University. Project title: Service-Learning in Professional School Counseling: Conducting a Needs Assessment. Role: Principal Investigator.

Professional Memberships

American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, North Central Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, South Dakota Counseling Association

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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