Aaron David Hunt

Aaron David Hunt

Aaron David Hunt

Graduate Lecturer

Clinical Psychology: health, community, and social equity

Aaron Hunt is a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program who is mentored by Dr. Leah Adams, Ph.D.  While broadly interested in the intersection of clinical psychology with health, community, and social equity, Aaron is specifically interested in stigma, minority stress, HIV, biases in attitudes and behaviors, disclosure, and health and social disparities.  He enjoys live theatre, getting lost in large cities, and asking people "How do you feel about that?"

Current Research

Aaron is currently working on research relating to how HIV stigma is created, how individuals disclose mental illness to close others, and how depression affects role set density.  

Aaron is also working with his mentor to better understand the availability of access to HIV resources in different neighborhoods, as well as clarifying how we define what a neighborhood is in research.

Selected Publications

Adams, L. M., & Hunt, A. D. (2019). Complexities in Late-Stage HIV Diagnoses. American Journal of Public Health, 109(11), 1486–1487. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2019.305322

Grants and Fellowships

PACT Mentor Graduate Fellow, 2013-2015, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Courses Taught

PSYC 301 Research Methods in Psychology Lab

PSYC 373 Physiological Psychology Laboratory

PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics Lab


B.S. Biology, Bryan College

M.S. Psychology, General, Mercy College

M.A. Psychology, Clinical, George Mason University

Recent Presentations

Hunt, A. D., Adams, L. M. (2020) Substance use, mental health treatment seeking, and perceptions of unmet need in individuals with a past year major depressive episode:      Results from the 2017 National Survey of Drug Use and Health. Poster presentation presented at the 2020 Virtual Conference for the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA).

Hunt, A. D. (2020). Queering cyberspace: A review of internet use for the purpose of sexual minority identity development in LGB adolescents and young emerging adults.        Presentation at The Virginia Social Science Association 2020 Research conference,          Petersburg, VA. [Canceled due to COVID-19.]

Murphy, S., Hunt, A. D., Adams, L. M. (2020) Barriers Providers Perceive When Prescribing    Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): A Latent Class Analysis. Poster presentation accepted to the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C. [Postponed due to COVID-19.]

Hunt, A. D. (2015). Defining the achievement gap: An analysis of non-cognitive skills and personality traits associated with academic success outcomes for underserved students. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Hunt, A. D., Arias, M. (2015). The Relationship between Childhood Maltreatment and Adult Mental Health as mediated by Social Support and Life Stress. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Hunt, A. D. (2015). Growth, Grit, and Flourish: Change Your Mindset | Change Your World. Presentation at the On Belay! Leadership Conference, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

In the Media

Guest blog post on the APA's Public Interest blog: "Depression in Black Boys Begins Earlier Than You Think"

Special guest on the public radio show Strange Fruit: "Mental Health Matters"