Anne Moyer, Ph.D.
Yale University 1995
Associate Professor, Social and Health Psychology
Office: Psychology B-224
Office Hours: Flexible, by appointment
Phone Number: (631) 632-7811


Areas of Interest: Psychosocial issues surrounding cancer and cancer risk, medical decision making, gender and health, research methodology and meta-analysis, the psychology of research participation.

Current Research:

Dr. Moyer studies the effectiveness interventions designed to improve the quality of life of individuals with cancer. For several years the lab has been conducting a systematic review of the research evaluating these interventions reported over three decades. Previous publications described the nature of this area of inquiry (e.g., what kind of patients have and have not been included), its methodological quality (e.g., follow-up rates), whether pre-intervention patient distress moderates intervention effectiveness, the efficacy of group versus individual exercise interventions in improving quality of life, and the value of including unpublished dissertations in meta-analytic reviews. More recent projects involve summarizing the research in this area that has examined the variables that potentially mediate interventions' effects, and the extent to which psychosocial oncology interventions affect spiritually-related outcomes.

A second area of expertise is cancer risk perception and medical decision making. She has investigated how menopausal women with a family history of breast cancer understand their personal risks for breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis, and make decisions regarding menopausal therapy and prophylactic surgery; whether depressed smokers show the optimistic bias that smokers in general do; and ways to encourage women to engage in mammography screening. Current laboratory work investigates the role of optimism in surrogate decision makers' risk perception, and decision making in veterinary medical contexts.

A third area of expertise is research methodology and the psychology of research participation. Prior work investigated how participant preferences interact with random assignment to treatment groups and how the response options of survey questions, particularly the sensitive ones asked in many national health surveys, affect respondentsí answers. In addition, graduate students in the Moyer lab have studied the sources of dispositional optimism and proactive coping, the stigma associated with illness, caregiving in college students, and how marital status and gender interact to predict health outcomes and behaviors.

Representative Publications:

Matloff, E., Bonadies, D., Moyer, A., & Brierley, K. (in press). Changes in specialists' perspectives on cancer genetic testing, prophylactic surgery and insurance discrimination: Then and now. Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Knapp-Oliver, S. K., & Moyer, A. (2012). Causal attributions predict willingness to support the allocation of funding to lung cancer treatment programs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 2368-2385.

Moyer, A., Goldenberg, M., Hall, M. A., Knapp-Oliver, S. K., Sohl, S. J., Sarma, E. A., & Schneider, S. (2012). Mediators of change in psychosocial interventions for cancer patients: A systematic review. Behavioral Medicine 38, 90-114.

Moyer, A., & Franklin, N. (2011). Strengthening the educational value of participation in a psychology department subject pool. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 6, 75-82.

Sohl, S. J., Moyer, A., Lukin, K., & Knapp-Oliver, S. K. (2011). Why are optimists optimistic? Individual Differences Research, 9, 1-11.

Floyd, A. H. L., & Moyer, A. (2010). Group vs. individual exercise interventions for women with breast cancer: a meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 4, 22-41.

Moyer, A., Schneider, S., Knapp-Oliver, S. K., & Sohl, S. J. (2010). Published versus unpublished dissertations in psycho-oncology intervention research. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 313-317

Schneider, S., Moyer, A., Knapp, S. K., Sohl, S. J., Cannella, D., & Targhetta, V. (2010). Pre-intervention distress moderates the efficacy of psychosocial treatment for cancer patients: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 1-14.

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, 510-518.

Knapp-Oliver, S. K., & Moyer, A. (2009). Visibility and the stigmatization of cancer: Context matters. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 2798-2808.

Moyer, A. (2009). Psychomethodology: The psychology of human participation in science. Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology, 2, 59-72.

Moyer, A., Sohl, S. J., Knapp-Oliver, S. K., & Schneider, S. (2009). Characteristics and methodological quality of 25 years of research investigating psychosocial interventions for cancer patients. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 35, 475-484.

Sohl, S. J., & Moyer, A. (2007). Tailored interventions to promote mammography screening: A meta-analytic review. Preventive Medicine, 45, 252-261.