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Dr. Jada G. Hamilton was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Genetics from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research interests focused on stress and coping in the context of health, perceptions of disease risk, and responses to uncertain health risk information. In addition, she is particularly interested in psychological, emotional, and behavioral outcomes associated with cancer genetic testing, as well as the role of social support in this context. During her doctoral training, she conducted research examining types and predictors of coping during pregnancy, as well as a meta-analysis of emotional responses to BRCA1/2 mutation testing.
Jada was also the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including Stony Brook University's Presidential Award for Distinguished Doctoral Students, an honor she received for her dissertation research investigating psychosocial factors associated with women's risk perceptions for cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and lung cancer. During her public health training, Jada examined the association between financial stress and quality of life as part of a randomized controlled trial of a psychosocial intervention among cancer survivors who had completed hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
During her postdoctoral fellowship, Jada worked with Sarah Kobrin, and planned to establish collaborative relationships with other researchers across NCI and NIH as she continues to examine the ways in which people respond to uncertain health risk information.
Current and past BRP mentors include Sarah Kobrin.