James C. Hamilton

Associate Professor, Emeritus


  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Research Areas

  • motivational explanations for excessive medical illness behavior
  • dynamics of the victim role
  • social psychology of¬†death¬†attitudes and death acceptance


James. C. Hamilton received his doctoral training in behavior therapy and behavioral medicine at Case Western Reserve University (PhD 1986). His current research interests center on the motivational factors that contribute to unexplained medical symptoms, as observed in functional somatic syndromes, somatoform disorders, and especially factitious disorder. His graduate teaching responsibilities include supervision of the basic psychotherapy practicum, graduate courses in behavior therapy and behavioral medicine, and coordination of the internal medicine practicum experience.