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Jennifer Lamanna, Ph.D.


Liberty Clinic




2012    Virginia Commonwealth University:  Doctor of Philosophy – Counseling Psychology

2007    Western Kentucky University: Master of Arts – Clinical Psychology

2005    Kent State University: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Professional History

Jennifer Lamanna, Ph.D., has been a licensed psychologist since 2013. She specializes in Health Psychology, which focuses on the assessment and treatment of psychological and behavioral factors as they relate to illness, health, and medical care. Dr. Lamanna completed advanced training in Health Psychology through a Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology (Akron Children’s Hospital) and a Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship (Eastern Virginia Medical School). She has experience in working with adult and pediatric patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical issues.


1)      Treatment of adults and children with acute and chronic medical issues. Interventions may help to promote:

–         Coping with chronic illness

–         Adjustment to disability

–         Adherence to medical treatment

–         Behavioral intervention to facilitate management of chronic medical conditions

–         Improving healthy lifestyle behaviors for weight management

–         Behavioral treatment for insomnia

2)      Treatment of anxiety disorders using evidence-based, behavioral interventions.

Professional Objectives

I strive to work with patients to meet their individual goals, improve quality of life, and promote overall wellness. I use measurable outcomes to assess progress in therapy, and also provide patients with concrete skills that they can practice to help them meet their treatment goals. In my work with medical patients, I look closely at how psychological factors – such as thoughts, emotions and daily patterns – affect health functioning. I then work with patients to develop skills to address these factors.

Theoretical Orientation

My theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral. I use interventions that are evidence-based, meaning that research has shown that they are effective for treating psychological concerns. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as related treatments such as Motivational Interviewing (for health behavior change), Problem-Solving Therapy (for addressing daily stressors), and Exposure Therapy (for anxiety disorders).

Certificates/Special Training

Health Psychology

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

Ohio Psychological Association


Cubic, B., Mance, J., Turgesen, M., & Lamanna, J. (2012). Interprofessional education as the bridge to preparing psychologists for operating successfully in integrated care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19, 84-92.

Ginsberg, A., Huston, P, Morris, A., Lamanna, J., Bryson, E., & Omlor, G. (2013). Integration of pediatric psychology services in a cystic fibrosis clinic: Patient, family, and provider satisfaction. Pediatric Pulmonology, 48, 442-443.

Gow, R., Lydecker, J., Lamanna, J., & Mazzeo, S. (2012). Media’s representation of  celebrities’ body image and weight during pregnancy and postpartum: A content       analysis. Body Image, 9, 172-175.

Lamanna, J., Grieve, F., Derryberry, W.P., & Hakman, M. (2010). Examining the      similarities between causal pathways for eating disorders and muscle dysmorphia in a non-clinical sample. Eating and Weight Disorders, 15, 23-33.

Lamanna, J., Kelly, N., Stern, M., & Mazzeo, S.E. (2010). Implementing interventions to enhance quality of life in overweight children and adolescents. In V.A. Preedy (Ed.), Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag GmbH.

Lamanna, J., Trapp, S., Russell, C., & Stern, M. Preparing for the future: An examination of healthcare provider and patient communication regarding childhood cancer survivorship. (2014). Child Care Health and Development.

Stern, M., Lamanna, J., Russell, C., Ewing, L., Thompson, A., Trapp, S., Bitsko, M., & Mazzeo, S. Adaptation of an obesity intervention program (NOURISH) for pediatric cancer survivors. (2013). Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1(3), 264-275.

Trapp, S.K., Slosky, L., Lamanna, J., Leibach, G., Durrette, M., & Stern, M. (2012). Post-traumatic growth in the cancer experience. In The Psychology of Cancer. NOVA Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.


Durrette, M., Foster, R., Stern, M., Slosky, L., Lamanna, J., Kanotra, S., & Grote, C. (2008, April). Prematurity stereotyping and NICU hospitalization: An analysis of maternal expectations. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Richmond, VA.

Foster, R., Kim, H., Durrette, M., Kanotra, S., Slosky, L., Lamanna, J., Stern, M. (2008, April). Building academic, career, and health-behavior self-efficacy: A psychoeducational intervention for adolescents diagnosed with cancer or sickle cell disease. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Richmond, VA.

Gow, R.W., Trace, S.E., Serdar, K., Heiman, N., Lamanna, J., & Mazzeo, S.E. (2008, May). Development and Pilot Testing of Parent Intervention to Reduce Pediatric Overweight. Paper presented at AED Annual Conference, Seattle, WA .

Huston, P., Lamanna, J., Morris, A., & Ginsberg, A. Evaluation of patient and provider response to behavioral medicine integration in the treatment of cystic fibrosis (2013, October). Poster presented at the 27th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

Lamanna, J., Bitsko, M., Godder, K., & Stern, M. (2010, September). Evaluation of the Parent Empowerment Program: A Brief Problem-Solving Intervention for             Parents of Children with Cancer. Poster presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Dallas, TX.

Lamanna, J., & Crowther, J. (2006, November 18). Relationships among Perfectionism, Body Image, Family Environment and Disordered Eating. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Lamanna, J., Russell, C., Trapp, S., Godder, K., & Stern, M. (2010, February).        Academic-Career Communication of Adolescents with Cancer and their Health Care Providers During an End of Active Treatment Visit. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. New Orleans, LA.

Spiegel, D.R., Rayamajhi, U., & Lamanna, J. (2011, September). Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms: An Integrative Approach. Grand Rounds Presentation at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.