Anne Moyer, Ph.D.

Yale University (1995)
Associate Professor, Social and Health Psychology


Office: Psychology B-224

Phone: (631) 632-7811



Research Interests:

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 of 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the efficacy of group versus individual exercise interventions in improving quality of life, and the value of including unpublished dissertations in meta-analytic reviews.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 respondents’ 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. 


Hojjat, M., & Moyer, A., Eds. (In press, 2016). The psychology of friendship. Oxford University Press, New York.

Book Chapters:

Hojjat, M., & Moyer, A., Eds. (In press, 2016). Introduction: Psychological aspects of friendship across the life span, settings, and relationships. In Hojjat, M., & Moyer, A., (Eds.), The psychology of friendship. Oxford University Press, New York.

Moyer, A., & Sarma, E. (2014). Cancer. In T. Hadjistavropoulos (Ed), Fundamentals of Health Psychology. Oxford University Press, Canada.

Moyer, A., Santore, E., & DiRienzo, A. (2014). Coping with long-term and late effects: challenges facing female survivors of childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer. In M. Paludi (Ed.) The Praeger handbook on women’s cancers: Diagnosis, treatment, recovery and coping. New York: Praeger Publishers.

Moyer, A.(2012). The psychology of human research participation. In G. J. Fiest & M. Gorman (Eds), Handbook of the Psychology of Science. New York: Springer Publishing.

Finney, J. W., & Moyer, A. (2010). Meta-analysis: Summarizing findings on addiction intervention effects. In P. G. Miller, J. Strang, & P. M. Miller (Eds.), Addiction research methods (pp. 319-336). Blackwood, NJ: Blackwell Publishing.

Representative Publications:

Latack, J., Moyer, A., Simon, V, & Davila, J. (2015). Attentional bias for sexual threat among sexual victimization survivors: A meta-analytic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1524838015602737

Siess, S., Marziliano, A., Sarma, E., Sikorski, L.E., & Moyer, A. (2015). Why psychology matters to veterinary medicine. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine. Advance online publication. doi:10.1053/j.tcam.2015.05.001

Sun, Y., Sarma, E. A., Moyer, A., & Messina, C. (2015). Promoting mammography screening among Chinese American women using a message-framing intervention. Patient Education and Counseling, 98, 878-883

Moyer, A., & Finney, J. W. (2015). Brief interventions for alcohol misuse. CMAJ, 187, 502-506.

Sweeney, A. M., & Moyer, A. (2015). Self-affirmation and responses to health messages: A meta-analysis on intentions and behavior. Health Psychology, 34, 149-159.

Sweeney, A. M., & Moyer, A. (2014, August 4). Self-affirmation and responses to health messages: A meta-analysis on intentions and behavior. Health Psychology. Advance online publication.

Matloff, E., Bonadies, D., Moyer, A., & Brierley, K. (2014). Changes in specialists' perspectives on cancer genetic testing, prophylactic surgery and insurance discrimination: Then and now. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 23, 164-171.

Knapp, S. K., Marziliano, A., & Moyer, A. (2014). Identity threat in cancer patients: Application of a social psychological model of stigma. Health Psychology Open, July-Dec, 1-10.

Brierley, K. L., Bonadies, D. C., Moyer, A., & Matloff, E. T. (2014). "Would you test your children without their consent?" and other sticky dilemmas in the field of cancer genetic testing. Familial Cancer, 13, 345-50.

Goldenberg, M., Moyer, A., Schneider, S., Sohl, S., Knapp-Oliver, S. (2014). Psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and outcomes related to religion or spirituality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. World Journal of Psycho-Social Oncology, 3, 1-12.

Matloff, E., Bonadies, D., Moyer, A., & Brierley, K. (2014). Changes in specialists' perspectives on cancer genetic testing, prophylactic surgery and insurance discrimination: Then and now. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 23, 164-171.

John, A., & Moyer, A. (2014). Student debt and the well-being of college students. Journal of Young Investigators, 26, 5-8.

Whitaker-Azmitia, P. M., Lobel, M, & Moyer, A. (2014). Low maternal progesterone may contribute to both obstetrical complications and autism Medical Hypotheses, 82, 313-318.

Goldenberg, M. A., Moyer, A., & Floyd, A. H. L. (2013). No effect of a brief music intervention on test anxiety and exam performance in college undergraduates. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 10, 1-16.

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.

Bonadies, D. C., Moyer, A., & Matloff, E. (2011). What I wish I’d known before surgery: BRCA carrier’s perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy. Familial Cancer, 10, 79-85.

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.

Rosenthal, L., Levy, S. & Moyer, A. (2011). Protestant work ethic’s relation to intergroup and policy attitudes: Meta-analytic review. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 874-885.

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.

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