Jada Hamilton ’04, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Attending Psychology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Jada Hamilton is an Associate Member at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), as well as an Associate Attending Psychologist in the Behavioral Sciences Service, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the Clinical Genetics Service, Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital in New York, New York. She co-leads the MSK Genomics, Risk, and Health Decision-Making Laboratory. Prior to joining the faculty of MSK, Dr. Hamilton received a BA in Genetics and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University (2004), an MA and PhD in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University (2006, 2009), and an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (2010). Dr. Hamilton also completed a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Dr. Hamilton’s program of research addresses the intersection of behavioral science, cancer prevention, and genomics, with the goal of translating advances in genetic and genomic medicine into improved cancer care that is of high quality, aligned with patient preferences, and ultimately improves public health. She has authored more than 60 articles in journals including Genetics in Medicine, JCO Precision Oncology, and Psycho-Oncology. Dr. Hamilton has received research grant funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, and the American Cancer Society. Outside of work, Dr. Hamilton enjoys baking and cooking, reading, competing with her pub trivia team, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

Jada is willing to work with students majoring in Psychology and Genetics, members of the Women in STEM (WIN) club, and members of Delta Zeta. In particular, she feels she could be most helpful for students hoping to discuss applying to graduate school and making the most of a summer research experience. She is open to:

  • Speaking with a student virtually or on the phone
  • Presenting to a student organization
  • Conducting a virtual webinar
  • Mentoring a student, Assisting OWU Alumni (recent Alumni, or Alumni in transition)
  • Serving as a resume-reviewer for OWU students and/or Alumni
  • Participating in OWU events such as speed networking, mock interviewing, panels, etc.

Jada graduated from OWU in 2004 with a double major in Psychology and Genetics. While at OWU, she was a member of Women in Science (WINS), Welch Governing Board, and the Psychology Student Board. She was also a member of Delta Zeta and worked as an orientation leader. She is currently a member of the WOW inaugural committee and a recent WOW member.