About Me

I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping children, adolescents, and young adult cancer patients and survivors. I also provide interventions for families of pediatric patients and survivors. I assist survivors and their families with the unique issues associated with cancer survivorship and work closely with the Department of Pediatrics’ long-term follow-up programs for children and young adults. Furthermore, I am the psychological liaison to Pediatrics.

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I am also affiliated with the health behavior change and cancer risk reduction laboratory. The lab examines psychological and behavioral factors in cancer prevention and early detection. My research interests include examining the psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship, with a primary focus on childhood, adolescent, and young adult survivors of childhood cancers; and examining psychological aspects of health promotion and disease prevention among youth.

I am a member of various scientific and medical societies including the American Psychological Association and Society of Adolescent Medicine. Additionally, I am a member of the prevention, control and population research committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

  • Clinical Expertise: Clinical Psychology; Behavioral Medicine; Psycho-Oncology
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: PhD, Kent State University
  • Residencies: Maimonides Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Hay, J. L., Ford, J. S., Klein, D., Primavera, L. H., Buckley, T. R., Stein, T. R., Shike, M., & Ostroff, J. S. (2003). Adherence to colorectal cancer screening in mammography-adherent older women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 553-576.

Ford, J. S., Ostroff, J., Hay, J., Buckley, T., Stein, T., Berwick, M., Primavera, L., & Shike, M. (2004). Participation in annual skin cancer screening in women seeking routine mammography. Preventive Medicine, 38 (6), 704-712.

Hobfoll, S. E. & Ford, J. S. (co-authored) (2005). Conservation of resources: A stress theory based on the primacy of loss. In G. Fink (Ed.), Encyclopedia of stress. Vol. 2. San Diego: Academic Press.

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Hay, J., Coups, E., & Ford, J. S. (2006) Covariates of perceived risk of colorectal cancer among adults in the Health Information Needs Trends Survey (HINTS). Journal of Health Communication, 11, 71-92.

Ford, J. S., Coups, E., & Hay, J. (2006). Knowledge of colorectal cancer screening: The Health Information Needs Trends Survey (HINTS). Journal of Health Communication, 11, 19-35.

Ford, J. S. and Ostroff, J. S. (2006) A review of childhood cancer survivors’ health behaviors. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13(2), 144-160.

Hobfoll S. E., Ennis N., & Kay (Ford) J. S. (2000). Loss, resources and resiliency in close interpersonal relationships. In J. H. Harvey & E. Miller (Eds.), Loss and trauma: General and close relationship perspectives. New York: Brunner-Mazel.

Hobfoll S. E. & Kay (Ford) J. S. (co-authored) (2000). Conservation of resources: A stress theory based on the primacy of resource loss. In G. Fink (Ed.), Encyclopedia of stress. Vol. 1. (pp. 519-525). San Diego: Academic Press.

MacKenzie J. E., Hobfoll S. E., Ennis E., Kay (Ford) J. S., Jackson A., & Lavin J. (1999). Reducing AIDS risk among inner-city women: A review of the collectivist empowerment AIDS prevention (CE-AP) program. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 13, 166-174.


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