Krysta Andrews

Krysta Andrews, PhD MSW RSW
McMaster University

Krysta Andrews received an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Biology and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto. She completed her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at McMaster University and is currently pursuing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences under the supervision of Drs. Margaret McKinnon and Ruth Lanius. Krysta’s research interests focus on using psychosocial (e.g. interpersonal relationships, family functioning), cognitive and neurobiological models (e.g. stress physiology, executive functions) to explore the mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Krysta is also interested in evaluating the efficacy of novel, evidence-based therapeutic programs for children, youth and adults with trauma histories.


Andrews, K., Atkinson, L., Harris, M., Gonzalez, A. (2020). Examining the effects of household chaos on child executive functions: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin [Accepted].

Prime, H., Andrews, K., McTavish, J., Janus, M., Bennett, T., Gonzalez, A. (2020). Using parent sensitivity programs to target academic school readiness: A scoping review on conceptualizations and research gaps. Child: Care, Health and Development. [Accepted].

Harris, M., Andrews, K., Prime, H., Gonzalez, A., Atkinson, L. (2020). Technology-Based Parenting Interventions for High-Risk Families: A meta-analysis. Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research.

Andrews, K., & Gonzalez, A. (2019). Contextual risk factors impacting the colonization and development of the intestinal microbiota: Implications for children in low‐and middle‐income countries. Developmental psychobiology, 61(5), 714-728.

Tiwari, A.*, Andrews, K.*, Casey, B., Liu, A., Tonmyr, L., Gonzalez, A. (2019). Associations among Childhood Maltreatment, Mental Health and Adult Police Contact: Findings from a National Canadian Sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/0886260519851789.

*Co-first authors