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Melissa G. Hunt


Melissa G. Hunt, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (, and is proud to have served as a frequent program committee member for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America ( Her primary research interests are in the domains of behavioral health, stress management, and well-being. As a clinical scientist, her emphasis is on using basic psychological science to understand what contributes to distress and how to maximize joy and fulfillment, and then translating that science into treatments that are effective, acceptable, and accessible to patient populations. In particular, she focuses on identifying the underlying patient factors that lead to reduced quality of life, impairment and distress, particularly factors that exacerbate chronic health problems and make them harder to cope with, and then creating, testing and disseminating self-help treatments. In addition to her work at Penn, she also has an active private practice in clinical psychology in which she utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, augmented by schema therapy, imaginal rescripting, mindfulness and yoga in the treatment of mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, trauma, and chronic health disorders.

Episode 3: Hashtag Lonely

Episode 3: Hashtag Lonely

Feb. 24, 2021

Did you know that 18 to 35-year-olds experience loneliness at higher rates than older adults? We didn't either until we came across a Cigna 2020 Loneliness survey, which reported that 61% of millennials and gen-Z-ers in Amer…