Amanda Ginter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Amanda Ginter, Ph.D.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2234


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 originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received bachelor’s degrees in classical languages and women’s studies and a master’s degree in family and child studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Ginter graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a doctorate in family science.

She began her research career studying how older mothers of breast cancer patients cope with their daughters’ illness. She has led several research studies examining the impact of breast cancer on family relationships. 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 extensive evaluation program. She continues to work with the extension team on publications.

Dr. Ginter joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development at Towson University in 2014 as a visiting assistant professor, continuing as an assistant professor in 2015. Dr. Ginter is an active member in the National Council on Family Relations.

Selected Publications

Ginter, A. C., & Braun, B. (2017). Social support needs of breast cancer patiention 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

Raque-Bogdan, T. L., Hoffman, M. A., Ginter, A. C., Piontkowski, S., Schexnayder, K.,& White, R. (2015). The work life and career development of young breast cancer survivors. Journal of Counseling Psychology. doi: 2015-10434-001

Ginter, A. C., & Radina, M. E. (2014). The lived experiences of daughters of women with breast cancer. In J. H. McCormick & S. L. Blair (Eds.), Family and Health: Evolving Needs, Responsibilities, and Experiences (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 8B)(pp. vi-viii). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Ginter, A .C., & Braun, B. (2014). Single mothers with breast cancer: Relationships with their children. In J. H. McCormick & S. L. Blair (Eds.), Family Relationships and Familial Responses to Health Issues (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 8A)(pp. 163-182). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Ginter, A. C., & Braun, B. (2014). Female breast cancer patients’needs and resources: Implications for patients without partners and health care professionals. Journal of Women’s Health, Issues & Care, 3(3), 1-9. doi: 10.4172/2325-9795.1000147

Ginter, A. C., Maring, E. F., Paleg, B., & Valluri, S. (2013). Using clicker technology with rural, low-income mothers: Collecting sensitive data anonymously. Journal of Extension, 51(4), 1-8.

Radina, M. E., Ginter, A. C., Brandt, J., Swaney, J., & Longo, D. R. (2011). Breast cancer patients’ use of health information in decision making and coping. Cancer Nursing, 34(5), E1-12.


National Council of Family Relations

Courses Taught

  • FMST 302 - Family Theories
  • FMST 485 - Research Methods in Family Studies
  • FMST 495 - Advanced Research Methods in Family Science
  • FMST 601 - Applied Family Relationships
  • FMST 615 - Applied Research Methods