The Psycho-Oncology lab primarily focuses on research that aims to improve the quality of life and quality of care outcomes for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors.

Our research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral aspects of pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship, which includes studies of health behaviors, survivorship clinic attendance, psychosocial development and adaptation, psychosexual functioning, psychosocial adjustment and coping with chronic illness, risk based surveillance, as well as the development and testing of evidence-based and distance-delivered behavioral interventions.

These projects are based on theories of health behavior change and are designed to reduce the burden of cancer late effects and to improve the lives of pediatric and AYA cancer survivors.

Visiting the lab

The Hunter Psycho-Oncology Lab is located at the main campus building of Hunter College at 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

Visitors who do not have a Hunter College ID card, must enter the main campus through the Visitors’ Center which is located in the lobby of the West Building (southwest corner of Lexington Avenue & 68th Street). Please let them know you are there to go to the Psycho-Oncology Lab (North Building, Room 733)

Driving and Public Transportation Directions to the Main Campus of Hunter College
Closest Subway Station: 68th Street – Hunter College station (#6 train)
Nearby Subway Stations: 72nd Street – 2nd Avenue station (Q train), Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street station (F & Q trains)
Bus: Routes M66, M98, M101, M102, and M103 stop in the vicinity of Hunter College


Jennifer Ford received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in health and child from Kent State University. She spent the first 17 years of her professional year in academic medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), first as a post-doctoral fellow in psycho-oncology and then as a faculty member for 15 years, where she developed a reputation as an outstanding researcher and clinician in psycho-oncology. Dr. Ford joined Hunter College as a Professor of Psychology in August, 2018. She is also part of the doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science Program. Her primary research focus has been to improve quality of life (QOL) and quality of care outcomes for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors.

Get Involved

Whether you are interested in the lab as a volunteer, an honors student, or a prospective graduate student, we are pleased that you have chosen the Psycho-Oncology lab for your experience.

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