Jada Hamilton, PhD, MPH

Assistant Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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I am a social and health psychologist whose program of behavioral research examines psychosocial aspects of cancer prevention and control. Specifically, my research aims to translate advances in genetics and genomics into improvements in patient care and public health. I am interested in understanding how people perceive, adapt to, and make decisions regarding uncertain health risk information, such as the information that people can receive through genetic and genomic testing. I am currently developing studies to assess patient and physician perspectives on genomic information and cancer prevention strategies, to evaluate methods for communicating disease risk obtained through novel genetic testing technologies, and to examine the effects of novel breast cancer genetic risk feedback on patients’ decision-making, psychological, and behavioral outcomes.

I am affiliated with the health behavior change and cancer risk reduction laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as with the clinical genetics laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Offit at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

I am a member of various scientific societies including the American Psychological Association, American Society of Human Genetics, American Society of Preventive Oncology, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. I am also a member of the Survivorship, Outcomes and Risk Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  

Education: PhD, Stony Brook University; MPH, Columbia University

Fellowships: National Cancer Institute

Department & Service: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Sciences Service


Hamilton, J. G., Hutson, S. P., Moser, R. P., Kobrin, S. C., Frohnmayer, A., Alter, B. P., & Han, P. K. J. (2013).  Sources of uncertainty and their association with medical decision making: Exploring mechanisms in Fanconi anemia.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46(2), 204-216.

Hutson, S. P., Han, P. K. J., Hamilton, J. G., Rife, S. C., Al-Rahawan, M. M., Moser, R. P., Duty, S., Anand, S., & Alter, B. P. (in press). The use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Fanconi anemia patients: A survey of decision-making among families in the United States and Canada. Health Expectations.

Hamilton, J. G., Wu, L. M., Austin, J. E., Valdimarsdottir, H., Basmajian, K., Vu, A., Rowley, S. D., Isola, L., Redd, W. H., & Rini, C.  (2013).  Economic survivorship stress is associated with poor health-related quality of life among distressed survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  Psycho-Oncology, 22(4), 911-921.

Wu, L. M., Austin, J., Hamilton, J. G., Valdimarsdottir, H., Isola, L., Rowley, S., Warbet, R., Winkel, G., Redd, W. H., & Rini, C.  (2012).  Self-efficacy beliefs mediate the relationship between subjective cognitive functioning and physical and mental well-being after hematopoietic stem cell transplant.  Psycho-Oncology, 21(11), 1175-1184.

Hamilton, J. G. & Lobel, M. (2012).  Passing years, changing fears? Conceptualizing and measuring risk perceptions for chronic disease in younger and middle-aged women.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(2), 124-138.

Hamilton, J. G., Lobel, M., & Moyer, A. (2009).  Emotional distress following genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer: A meta-analytic review.  Health Psychology, 28(4), 510-518.