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Stacey L. Hart

PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California; Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine


Affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

Associate Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University

Research Interests

Behavioral Medicine, Psychosocial Impact of Chronic Illness, Coping with Cancer, Couples and Chronic Illness

Research Activities

Dr. Hart's current research focuses on traumatic stress and posttraumatic growth (i.e., positive changes and personal growth as a result of cancer) among colorectal cancer patients and their partners. She has two ongoing studies investigating these issues. The first study, originally funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (2003-07), examines the development of traumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth in newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients. Her second study, funded by a research grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, examines positive and negative relationship dynamics—as reported by both the colorectal cancer patient and the partner—in the development of psychological distress and posttraumatic growth in the couple. Dr Hart also has secondary research interests and ongoing collaborations in survivorship concerns for prostate cancer and bladder cancer patients, as well as mental health concerns for people living with multiple sclerosis. Recently, she received a New Investigator Award in Gender and Health Research from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and plan to use this research support to examine gender differences and similarities among couples coping with cancer.

Other Activities

  1. Society for Behavioral Medicine, Steering Committee Member, Cancer Special Interest Group
  2. Society for Behavioral Medicine, Evidence Based Behavioral Medicine Working Group Member
  3. U.S. National Cancer Institute, Office of Survivorship, Mentor in the Research Mentor-Survivor Program
  4. Editorial Board, Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Educational Activities

I have an appointment in the Department of Psychology, at Ryerson University. While I accept MA/PhD students in Clinical Psychology through that program, I will not be accepting summer students this year.


E-mail: Stacey.hart@psych.ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000 x4247
Fax: 416-979-5273
Website: http://www.ryerson.ca/psychology/faculty/hart_s/