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Ph.D., Arizona State University, Clinical Psychology


Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 738 HN
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Link to Hoyt Stress & Coping Lab


Current Areas of Research

My primary research interest is biobehavioral processes related to psychological adjustment and coping in the context of chronic disease and health-related adversity, with a particular focus on issues of cancer survivorship. My work seeks to understand the common pathways (e.g., psychological, behavioral, psychobiological) related to the onset and recovery from physical illness. I currently am leading several research studies identifying the relationships of psychosocial processes that confer risk or resilience on quality of life and functioning, physical symptoms related to cancer treatment, as well as neuroendocrine and inflammatory regulation. I focus on understanding how cognitive, emotional, and social factors influence the prevention of and adjustment to illness with the goal of developing and administering evidence-based intervention practices for improving physical and psychological outcomes, including improvements in health-related quality of life.

Current projects involve work on:

  • Biobehavioral processes and mental health in men with prostate cancer
  • Health-related quality of life in young adults with testicular cancer
  • Gender influences on emotional approach coping processes
  • Emotional processing and health
  • Stress and coping in the health context


Selected Publications

Hoyt, M. A., McCann, C., Savone, M., Saigal, C. S., & Stanton, A. L. (2015, in press). Interpersonal sensitivity and sexual functioning in young men with testicular cancer: The moderating role of coping. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Hoyt, M.A., Austenfeld, J., & Stanton, A. L. (in press). Processing coping methods in expressive essays about stressful experiences: Predictors of health benefit. Journal of Health Psychology.

Hoyt, M.A., & Carpenter, KM. (2015). Sexual self-schema and depressive symptoms after prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 24, 395-401.

Hoyt, M. A., Marin-Chollom, A.M., Bower, J. E., Thomas, K. S., Irwin, M. R., & Stanton, A. L. (2014). Approach and avoidance coping: Diurnal cortisol rhythm in prostate cancer survivors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 182-186.

Hoyt, M. A., Cano, S. J., Saigal, C. S., & Stanton, A. L. (2013). Health-related quality of life in young men with testicular cancer: Validation of the Cancer Assessment for Young Adults. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 7, 630-640.

Hoyt, M. A., Stanton, A. L., Bower, J. E., Thomas, K. S., Litwin, M. S., Breen, E.C., & Irwin, M. R. (2013). Inflammatory biomarkers and emotional approach coping in men with prostate cancer. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 32, 173-179.

Hoyt, M. A., Stanton, A. L., Irwin, M. R., & Thomas, K. S. (2013). Cancer-related masculine threat, emotional approach coping, and physical functioning following treatment for prostate cancer. Health Psychology, 32(1), 66-74.

Hoyt, M. A., & Rubin, L. R. (2012). Gender representation of cancer patients in medical treatment and psychosocial survivorship research: Changes over three decades. Cancer, 118(9), 4824-4832.

Hart, S.L., Hoyt, M. A., Diefenbach, M., Anderson, D. R., Kilbourn, K. M., Craft, L. L., Steel, J. L., Cuijpers, P., Mohr, D., Berendsen, M., Spring, B., & Stanton, A. L. (2012). Meta-analysis of efficacy of interventions for elevated depressive symptoms in adults diagnosed with cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 104(13), 990-1004.

Hoyt, M. A., & Stanton, A. L. (2012). Adjustment to chronic illness. In A.S. Baum, T.A. Revenson, & J.E. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology (2nd ed.) (pp.219-246). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Hoyt, M. A., Rubin, L. R., Nemeroff, C. J., Lee, J., Huebner, D. R., & Proeschold-Bell, R. J. (2012). HIV/AIDS-related institutional mistrust among multi-ethnic men who have sex with men: Effects on HIV testing and risk behaviors. Health Psychology, 31(3), 269-277.

Hoyt, M. A., & Stanton, A. L. (2011). Unmitigated agency, social support, and psychological adjustment in men with cancer. Journal of Personality, 79(2), 259-276.

Hoyt, M. A. (2009). Gender role conflict and emotional approach coping in men with cancer. Psychology & Health, 24(8), 1-15.

Hoyt, M. A., Thomas, K., Epstein, D. R., & Dirksen, S. R. (2009). Coping style and sleep quality in men with cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 88-93.

Hoyt, M. A., Nemeroff, C. J., & Huebner, D. (2006). The effects of HIV related thought suppression on sexual risk behavior: Cognitive escape in men who have sex with men. Health Psychology, 25(4), 455-461.