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 minority adolescents suffering from mood disorders. Alyssa plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Diana Kaziyev

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.  

Imani Goins

Research Assistant

Imani graduated from Hunter College in the Spring of 2022, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology. She is interested in the field of health psychology and is currently working in the research lab. She will be applying to a PhD program in health psychology in the future. 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.


Tal Eliyahu

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Tal Eliyahu is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College. She graduated from Hunter College in 2022 with a major in Psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology. In her undergrad, she was a research assistant at a lab that examines a variety of anxiety and related disorders. Currently, she interns at the psychiatric department of Maimonides Medical Center. She is interested in health psychology and the relationship between physical health and mental well-being. Tal plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical psychology.

Ariel Trevett

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ariel is a senior undergraduate student at Hunter College studying Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, set to graduate in Spring of 2023. She has a wide array of interests in psychology, but is especially fascinated by health, social, developmental and clinical psychology. Ariel wants to expand the current scientific knowledge on of gender, sex and sexuality by investigating these concepts through a developmental and health psychology lens. One of Ariel’s favorite mantras is a quote by Marie Curie, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Upon graduating from Hunter College, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Chloe Chong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chloe is a junior undergraduate student at Hunter College in the Macaulay Honors Program studying Psychology and on track to graduate in Spring of 2024. While she is interested in studying mental health and stigma in Asian Americans, she hopes to explore various topics including health, developmental, and clinical psychology. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical 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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