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Anne Moyer, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Moyer plans to admit a new graduate student pending approval of funding.


Office: Psychology B-224
Phone: (631) 632-7811

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Research Interests:

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

Current Research:

Dr. Moyer studies psychosocial issues surrounding cancer and cancer risk. This work includes investigating ways to encourage women to engage in mammography screening and interventions to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

A related focus is medical decision making. This research includes studying the role of optimism in risk perception and treatment decisions, and decision making in veterinary medical contexts. 

A third area of expertise is research methodology and the psychology of research participation. This work investigates, for example, how participant preferences interact with random assignment to treatment groups in clinical trials to affect engagement in treatment.

A methodological focus is research synthesis. With systematic review and meta-analytic techniques, the Moyer lab has investigated the efficacy of group versus individual exercise interventions in improving quality of life for breast cancer patients, whether pre-intervention patient distress moderates intervention effectiveness, and the value of including unpublished dissertations in meta-analytic reviews.


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

Book Chapters:

Marzilano, A., & Moyer, A. (In press). Caregivers and clinical health psychology. In S. Richards and L. Cohen, The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Volume III: Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine . John Wiley and Sons, Publishers, Oxford, UK.

Moyer, A., & Sarma, E. (In press). Cancer. In T. Hadjistavropoulos & H. D. Hadjistavropoulos (Eds.), Fundamentals of health psychology, 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press, Don Mills, ON, Canada.

Sweeney, A., & Moyer, A. (In press.) Self-Affirmation and responses to health messages: An example of a research advance in health psychology. In S. Richards and L. Cohen, The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Volume III: Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. John Wiley and Sons, Publishers, Oxford, UK.

Hojjat, M., & Moyer, A., Eds. (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:

Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J., Lobel, M., Busso, C., & Moyer, A. (In press). Just relax and you’ll get pregnant? Meta-analysis examining women’s emotional distress and the outcome of assisted reproductive technology.  Social Science and Medicine.

Yusufov, M., Nicoloro-SantaBarbara, J., Grey, N. E., Moyer, A., & Lobel, M. (2018). Meta-analytic evaluation of stress reduction interventions for undergraduates and graduate students.  International Journal of Stress Management. Advance online publication.

Zhou, S., Page-Gould, E., Aron, A., Moyer, A., & Hewstone, M. (2018). The extended contact hypothesis: Meta-analysis on 20 years of research.  Personality and Social Psychology Review. Advance online publication. Retrieved from:

Miller, B. C., Sarma, E., Sun, Y., Messina, C., & Moyer, A. (2018). Psychosocial predictors of mammography history among Chinese American women without a recent mammogram.  Ethnicity and Health. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1447653

Bowers, J. M. & Moyer, A. (2017). Effects of school start time on students’ sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, and attendance: A meta-analysis.  Sleep Health, 3, 423-431.

Moyer, A., Siess, S., & Bhinder, S. (2017). How are non-numerical prognostic statements interpreted and are they subject to positive bias? BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 0, 1– 4. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001331.

Latack, J., Moyer, A., Simon, V, & Davila, J. (2017). Attentional bias for sexual threat among sexual victimization survivors: A meta-analytic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 18, 172-184. 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, 30, 43-47. 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.

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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