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Michael Hoyt

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Dr. Hoyt directs the Stress and Coping Lab at Hunter College and his research is focused on understanding how cognitive, emotional, and socio-cultural factors influence physical and psychological adaptation to chronic illness. He investigates biobehavioral processes associated with quality-of-life. Specifically, he examines coping processes and other psychological factors associated with mental health, neuroendocrine and immune function, and adjustment to cancer and cancer treatment, with a focus on men and male-specific cancers. He has led several large studies including a trial of men with mixed cancer types examining the utility of emotion-regulating coping; an investigation of the relationships of stress and coping processes with neuroimmune and sleep-related outcomes in men with prostate cancer; a multi-phase study of quality of life in young adults with testicular cancer; as well as several RCTs of biobehavioral interventions for men with cancer. He has received competitive funding for his work which has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Health Psychology, Cancer, JNCI, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Representative Publications

  • Hoyt, M. A., Bower, J. E., Irwin, M. R., Weierich, M. R., & Stanton, A. L. (in press). Sleep quality and depressive symptoms after prostate cancer: The mechanistic role of cortisol. Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Hoyt, M. A., Nelson, C., Darabos, K., Marin-Chollom, A., & Stanton, A. L. (in press). Mechanisms of navigating goals after testicular cancer: Meaning and emotion-regulation. Psycho-Oncology.
  • Hoyt, M. A., Marin-Chollom, A.M., Bower, J. E., Thomas, K. S., Irwin, M. R., & Stanton, A. L. (2014). Approach and avoidance coping: Diurnal cortisol rhythm in prostate cancer survivors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 182-186.
  • Hoyt, M. A., Stanton, A. L., Bower, J. E., Thomas, K. S., Litwin, M. S., Breen, E.C., & Irwin, M. R. (2013). Inflammatory biomarkers and emotional approach coping in men with prostate cancer. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 32, 173-179.
  • Hoyt, M. A., Stanton, A. L., Irwin, M. R., & Thomas, K. S. (2013). Cancer-related masculine threat, emotional approach coping, and physical functioning following treatment for prostate cancer. Health Psychology, 32(1), 66-74.
  • Hoyt, M. A., & Rubin, L. R. (2012). Gender representation of cancer patients in medical treatment and psychosocial survivorship research: Changes over three decades. Cancer, 118(9), 4824-4832.
  • Hoyt, M. A., & Stanton, A. L. (2012). Adjustment to chronic illness. In A.S. Baum, T.A. Revenson, & J.E. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology (2nd ed.) (pp.219-246). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Hoyt, M. A., & Stanton, A. L. (2011). Unmitigated agency, social support, and psychological adjustment in men with cancer. Journal of Personality, 79(2), 259-276.
  • Hoyt, M. A., Thomas, K., Epstein, D. R., & Dirksen, S. R. (2009). Coping style and sleep quality in men with cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 88-93.