Emaan Lehardy - University of Houston
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Emaan Lehardy, Ph.D.

Emaan Lehardy, Ph.D.

Emaan Lehardy, Ph.D. is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. She assists with integrating behavioral and social sciences content into student clinical education and co-facilitating trainee reflective skills for promoting relationship centered care. As part of the UH Health Family Care Center, she is responsible for collaborating with other medical and behavioral providers to develop behavioral health protocols and guidelines to evaluate and treat patients.

As a licensed psychologist, Lehardy works with adults living with acute and chronic illness and psychiatric co-morbidities across outpatient settings. She specializes in psycho-oncology, anxiety disorders, chronic pain management, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Lehardy’ s research interests include examining ways to improve mental health literacy, as well as investigating the unique needs of breast cancer survivors.

Prior to her current role, she served as a licensed psychologist at Nebraska Medicine. In this role, she developed and led psychoeducational groups, evaluated patients’ understanding of surgical procedures, used evidence-based treatments to treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders, and provided inpatient consultation liaison services.

At Nebraska Medicine, Lehardy was awarded the Department of Psychiatry’s Science Research Fund and served as the primary investigator of a study testing the efficacy of a psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral intervention designed to improve patient’s knowledge of evidence-based care and reduce their severity of anxiety symptoms. She has collaborated on peer-reviewed articles examining the experiences of Latina breast cancer survivors, which have been published in academic journals.

Lehardy has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Miami. She earned her undergraduate degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in psychology is from Houston Baptist University. She was a recipient of the R25 Award from the National Cancer Institute for Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.