Psychologist Jennifer Hay

Jennifer L. Hay, PhD



Member and Attending Psychologist

Clinical Expertise

Counseling and Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients and Family Members; Behavioral Medicine; Psycho-Oncology; Health Psychology

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

About Me


PhD, Derner Institute, Adelphi University


New York University Medical Center


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

I am a clinical health psychologist and behavioral scientist with expertise in addressing the psychological aspects of cancer risk, diagnosis, and treatment. As the psychiatry liaison to the Melanoma Disease Management Team, I specialize in the treatment of patients with melanoma, individuals who are at risk for developing melanoma, and their families.

I am also head of the Genomics, Risk & Health Decision Making Laboratory in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Behavioral Sciences Service. The mission of this laboratory is to optimize the translation of novel discoveries regarding cancer risk and genomics, through research concerning cancer risk perceptions and health decision-making in patients, families, healthcare providers, and members of the general public across diverse populations and settings. Our laboratory also provides training and mentorship to students, fellows, and junior faculty involved in this research.

My research portfolio is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and involves understanding and addressing cancer risk perceptions as a motivator of cancer prevention strategies, as well as psychological and behavioral approaches to melanoma prevention, control, and treatment.  

I also serve as a member of MSK’s Institutional Review Board, which meets regularly to review our hospital’s ongoing and proposed clinical research trials. I am a member of the Advisory Board within the Clinical Cancer Genetics Board for the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query comprehensive database, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Health Decision Making Special Interest Group.


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Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Hay’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.