Heather McGinty

Heather McGinty, PhD

  • Psychology
  • Psychologist

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About Me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psycho-oncology, psychosocial distress, behavioral sleep medicine, chronic pain management, weight management, relaxation training and coping with chronic illness. In my role, I strive to provide thoughtful, compassionate care to patients by helping them to identify areas of change and guide them in learning the most appropriate coping strategies to use for overcoming emotional distress.

As a member of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the OSUCCC – James, I provide evidence-based counseling services to patients with a history of cancer and/or to their caregiver(s) to help improve emotional and social well-being, as well as overall quality of life. Patients complete a formal evaluation for a personalized care plan to address their individual needs, ranging from emotional distress to improving their ability to cope with side effects of cancer and its treatments.

My research interests include psycho-oncology and quality of life during treatment for cancer and cancer survivorship. Specifically, my research focuses on evaluating longitudinal patterns in health-related quality of life, cancer-related distress, health disparities and cultural factors, and the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions in cancer patient populations.

In addition to my clinical and research work, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. I also serve as co-chair on the Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. I really enjoy working at Ohio State because I’m able to provide top-notch care for my patients and help train the clinicians of tomorrow in the Psychology Internship Program and the Psychiatry Resident Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Clinic.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Chronic Pain
  • Quality of Life
  • Psychology, Social
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Medicine

Education and Training

Education History


University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
8/1/2010 - 8/9/2014


University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, FL

7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/21/2019, Dr. McGinty has reported no relationships with companies or entities.