Heather McGinty

Heather McGinty, PhD

  • Psychology

Appointments: (614) 293-9600

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 OSUCCC – James Psychosocial Oncology Program, 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 and 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 and symptom burden, 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 and a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control research program. 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

Education and Training

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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 03/26/2018, Dr. McGinty has reported no relationships with companies or entities.