Jennifer Ford, PhD

Lab Director

Dr. Jennifer Ford (Ph.D., Kent State University, clinical psychology) is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College, The City University of New York, and director of the Hunter Psycho-Oncology Lab. She is also on the doctoral faculty and the Deputy Director of Clinical Training for the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She trained in clinical health psychology, with a focus on child development, and her primary research efforts have focused on the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship. She translates her research into the development and study of distance delivered clinical interventions for cancer survivors. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State. Dr. Ford spent the first 17 years of her professional career working in academic medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, before joining Hunter College and The Graduate Center in 2018. She is also currently an Associate Editor for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Ford urges those from underserved and underrepresented minority backgrounds to apply to work in her lab, where she strives to offer the support, mentorship, experience, and inspiration students need to succeed in science or any other field of their choosing.

**Dr. Ford will NOT be taking graduate applicants in her lab for Fall 2023, thank you so much for your interest in our work.**

Hunter College, Department of Psychology

Health Psychology and Clinical Science Doctoral Program 

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Megan Wirtz

Doctoral Student

Megan Wirtz graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and Theatre and a minor in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies. She joins the Hunter Psycho-Oncology Lab and the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, after working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she coordinated several intervention trials focusing on smoking cessation and medication adherence among people living with HIV. Her primary research interests include sexual wellbeing, identity development, and post-traumatic stress of adolescents and young adults living with chronic illness.


Carly Miron

Doctoral Student

Carly D. Miron is pursuing her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Ford in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  In 2019, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Consumer Psychology. She spent the following three years as the Program Coordinator for the Anxiety, Stress, & Prolonged Grief Program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, contributing to research on the psychosocial and contextual factors that influence wellbeing among breast cancer survivors and individuals at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer. In her doctoral research, she is primarily interested in the role of social support in promoting adaptive outcomes to health-related adversity.

Alyssa Ciniglio

Laboratory Manager

Alyssa joined the Psycho-Oncology Lab in 2021 and graduated from CUNY Hunter College in 2022 with a Bachelor of the Art’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is interested in sexual/gender minorities adolescents suffering from mood disorders. Alyssa plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Elizabeth Ray

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Elizabeth Ray graduated from CUNY Hunter in 2022 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science. She is interested in severe psychopathology, the visual system, and computation-psychometrics, particularly the use of software as a tool for the treatment of mental illness. During her post-baccalaureate studies, she aims to complete a Mini MBA in business from SUNY Buffalo, strengthen her understanding of technology and psychology, and continue doing meaningful research while pursuing her Ph.D.


Diana Kaziyev

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Diana graduated from Hunter College in 2022 with a BA in psychology with a clinical concentration. She is interested in clinical and health psychology. Her research interests include health behaviors and coping strategies among individuals with chronic illness. Diana plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical or health psychology.  

Tishmattie Gopal

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tishmattie graduated from Hunter College in 2022 with a BA in psychology with a social concentration. She is interested in the field of social, clinical, and health psychology. Her current research interests focus on understanding how internalizing and/or externalizing problems observed during childhood and adolescence influences the overall development of an individual and whether differences in gender and culture have an effect on child development and their future health and well-being. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Madison Fertig

Graduate Student Researcher

Madison is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College. She previously graduated with her BS in Psychology with a minor in Public Health in 2020. She is interested in both health and clinical psychology, specifically how health behaviors impact mental illness. In her undergrad, she interned at a lab that analyzed how maternal health behaviors influence their children’s health and cognitive functioning. She plans to pursue her PhD in either Clinical or Health Psychology.

Imani Goins

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Imani is a senior at Hunter College pursuing a BA in psychology with a focus study in foreign language. She is interested in the fields of health psychology and clinical psychology. She plans to continue working in a research lab after she graduates and will be applying to a PhD program in either health psychology or clinical psychology. Her current research interests include anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular health.

Dimitra Tzanis

Post-Master's Research Assistant

Dimitra Tzanis graduated from Mercy College with a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2020. Currently, she is completing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling at Alfred University to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Dimitra’s research interests include a mix of clinical, health, behavioral, and cognitive psychology. Furthermore, understanding an individual’s mentalization, thought process, personality, and responses to stress and past trauma. Her clinical experience involves working full time as a Research Supervisor on an NIH study at New York University (NYU), as well as a Psychotherapist at Sunrise Counseling Center, in addition to a behavioral therapist for children at the Center of Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and a medical scribe at White Plains Hospital – Cancer Center. Dimitra’s future goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.


Lab Alumni

Assistant Professor – Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Member – Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ)

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