Amanda Ginter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Amanda Ginter, Ph.D.

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2233


Ph.D., Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park

M.S., Family and Child Studies, Miami University

B.A., Classical Languages, Miami University

B.A., Women’s Studies, Miami University

Areas of Expertise

Family well-being in the midst of cancer and chronic illness

The impact of breast cancer on individual and dyadic coping

The integration of family science and public health, health literacy, and how families select health insurance and healthcare providers


Amanda Ginter, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development. She teaches a number of theory and research-based courses. She is also the program director for the Family-Professional Collaboration graduate certificate.

Dr. Ginter began her research career studying how older mothers of breast cancer patients cope with their daughters’ illness. She has since led several research studies examining the impact of cancer survivorship on family relationships. Dr. Ginter uses qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research.

From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Ginter was a faculty research associate with the University of Maryland Extension. In this role, she assisted the Health Insurance Literacy Initiative leaders and the University of Maryland Extension Director for Assessment and Evaluation in designing, collecting data, processing, and reporting for an evaluation program on Smart Choice Health Insurance.

Dr. Ginter is an active member in the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the National Council on Family Relations.

Selected Publications

Ginter, A. C. (2020). “The day you lose your hope is the day you start to die”: Quality of life measured by young women with metastatic breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 38(4), 418-434. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2020.1715523.

Ginter, A. C., & Radina, M. E. (2019). “I was there with her”: Experiences of mothers of breast cancer patients. Journal of Family Nursing, 25, 54-80.

Raque-Bogdan, T., Hoffman, M. A., Shupe, E., Ginter, A., White, R., Schexnayder, K., & Piontkowski, S. (2018). Everything is more critical: A qualitative study of the experiences of young breast cancer survivors. Counseling and Values, 63(2), 210-231. doi: 10.1002/cvj.12089

Ginter, A. C., & Braun, B. (2017). Social support needs of breast cancer patients without partners. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0265407517718390

Ginter, A. C., & Braun, B. (2016). Single female breast cancer patients’ perspectives on dating. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049732316644431

Brown, V., Russell, M., Ginter, A., Braun, B., Little, L., Pippidis, M., & McCoy, T.(2016). Smart Choice Health Insurance©: A new, interdisciplinary program to enhance health insurance literacy. Health Promotion Practice, 17(2), 209-216. doi: 10.1177/1524839915620393


American Psychosocial Oncology Society
National Council of Family Relations

Courses Taught

  • FMST 302 - Family Theories
  • FMST 307 – Family Health Issues
  • FMST 485 - Research Methods in Family Studies
  • FMST 495 - Advanced Research Methods in Family Science
  • FMST 601 - Applied Family Relationships
  • FMST 610 – Family-Professional Collaboration
  • FMST 615 - Applied Research Methods