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Karina W. Davidson, PhD

  • Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Medicine and Psychiatry)
  • Executive Director, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Vice-Dean, Organizational Effectiveness
  • Chief Academic Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Karina W. Davidson, PhD

Dr. Davidson's program of research focuses on behavioral and psychosocial mechanisms and interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has conducted randomized controlled trials of anger management and depression treatment for both hypertensive and post-myocardial infarction patients. She is also testing a telephone-based problem solving treatment to improve compliance with medical recommendations in cardiovascular disease patients.

Karina Davidson, PhD is Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Medicine, Cardiology, and Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and also as the Director of the Center for Behavioral & Cardiovascular Health. She is a clinical health psychologist by training. Her program of research focuses on the relationship between psychosocial risk factors and their role in the course and outcome of cardiovascular disease. She has conducted randomized controlled trials of anger management and depression treatment for both hypertensive and post-myocardial infarction patients. Most recently Dr. Davidson conducted an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial to test if enhanced depression treatment vs current treatment improves healthcare costs and depression in acute coronary disease patients at sites across the U.S. Dr. Davidson was recently awarded a New York State Department of Health program project to investigate novel hospital system interventions for improving 30-day readmissions for patients presenting with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or myocardial infarction. She is working closely with leadership from New York Presbyterian hospital system to improve patient flow through the emergency department to medicine units at multiple hospitals. This past year, she was also awarded a PCORI grant to investigate which conditions and symptoms in primary care patients should be targeted for treatment in N-of-1 trials.

Departments And Divisions

  • Department of Psychiatry
    Division of Behavioral Medicine
  • Department of Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Health Consultation

Education & Training

  • BA, 1984 Queens University
  • PhD, 1991 Clinical Psychology, University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Internship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Locations

  • Presbyterian Hospital Building (PH)

    622 West 168th Street
    9-948
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 342-4493
    Fax:
    (212) 342-3431

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

This provider accepts new patients

Lab Locations

  • Presbyterian Hospital Building (PH)

    622 West 168th Street
    PH 9, Room 314
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 342-4493
    Email:
    kd2124@cumc.columbia.edu

Research Interests

  • Etiology, course and treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with acute coronary syndromes.

NIH Grants

  • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE RESOURCE AND COORDINATING CENTER (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2015 - May 31 2020

    NOVEL METHODS FOR EVALUATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TECHNOLOGIES FOR DEPRESSION (Federal Gov)

    May 20 2016 - Jan 31 2020

    IMPACT OF SOCIAL-INTERPERSONAL FACTORS IN THE ER ON PTSD/CARDIAC OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

    Aug 8 2013 - Jul 31 2018

    DEPRESSING SCREENING RCT IN ACS PATIENTS: QUALITY OF LIFE AND COST OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2013 - Jul 31 2018

    ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN BUILDING PATIENT-CENTERED N-OF-1 RANDOMIZED AND OTHER CONTROLLED TRIAL METHODS (Private)

    Dec 1 2014 - Jun 30 2018

    ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN BUILDING PATIENT-CENTERED N-OF-1 RANDOMIZED AND OTHER CONTROLLED TRIAL METHODS (Private)

    Dec 1 2014 - Nov 30 2017

    ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN BUILDING PATIENT-CENTERED N-OF-1 RANDOMIZED AND OTHER CONTROLLED TRIAL METHODS (Private)

    Dec 1 2014 - Nov 30 2017

    DESIGNING A PROTOTYPE OF N-OF1 TRIALS OF DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT IN CANCER SURVIVORS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 26 2015 - Sep 29 2017

    ECOLOGICAL LINK OF PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS TO EXERCISE: PERSONALIZED PATHWAYS (Federal Gov)

    Oct 1 2012 - Aug 31 2016

    MIDCAREER MENTORING IN BEHAVIORAL CARDIOLOGY: DEPRESSSION & CARDIOVASCULAR (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2006 - Jul 31 2016

    CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (UL1) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2006 - Jun 30 2016

    DESIGNING A PROTOTYPE OF N-OF1 TRIALS OF DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT IN CANCER SURVIVORS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 26 2015 - Jan 25 2016

    FIRST IN CER (BEGG/DAVIDSON/TAYLOR) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 25 2010 - Jul 31 2015

    INNOVATION CENTER FOR IMPROVING 30-DAY READMISSION AND PATIENT SATISFACTION: HPR ISCRIPT CENTER (NY State Gov)

    Jan 15 2014 - Jan 14 2015

    DEPRESSION, BIOBEHAVIORAL MECHANISMS, & CHD/MORTALITY OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

    Sep 22 2008 - Nov 30 2014

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, DEPRESSION, AND POST-ACS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2009 - Jun 30 2014

    COLLABORATION TO ADVANCE PEDIATRIC QUALITY MEASURES (CAPQUAM) (Federal Gov)

    May 1 2013 - Feb 28 2014

    CHD INCIDENCE: DEPRESSION AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY RISK (Private)

    Jan 1 2012 - Dec 31 2013

    INNOVATIVE MENTORING AND MPH EDUCATION IN RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE IN COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH PROGRAM (Federal Gov)

    Sep 28 2010 - Sep 27 2013

    CENTER FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN THE UNDERSERVED (CEBP) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 29 2007 - Jun 30 2013

    BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD ASSOCIATION (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2011 - Sep 30 2012

    COMPARISON OF DEPRESSION INTERVENTION AFTER ACUTE CORONARY S YNDROME (CODIACS) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2009 - Jul 31 2012

    MIND-BODY BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE CLINICAL TRIALS INFRASTRUCTURE (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2004 - Jun 30 2010

Publications

  • Alcántara C, Muntner P, Edmondson D, Safford MM, Redmond N, Davidson KW. The perfect storm: Concurrent stress and depressive symptoms increase risk of myocardial infarction or death. Qual Outcomes. 2015;8146-154
  • Davidson KW, Peacock J, Kronish IM, Edmondson D. Personalizing behavioral interventions through single-patient (N-of-1) trials. Soc Personal Psychol Compass. 2014;8(8):408-421.
  • Davidson KW, Kronish IM, Shaffer JA. An innovative or disconcerting approach to the psychosocial care of your patient with a cardiac condition are you a lumper or a splitter? JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):936-937.
  • Edmondson D, Newman JD, Whang W, Davidson KW. Emotional triggers of acute myocardial infarction: Do they matter? Eur Heart J. 2013;34:300-6.
  • Davidson KW, Bigger JT, Burg MM, et al. Centralized, stepped, patient preference-based treatment for patients with post-acute coronary syndrome depression: CODIACS Vanguard Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(11):997-1004
  • Rieckmann N, Burg MM, Kronish IM, Chaplin WF, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW. Aspirin adherence, depression and one-year prognosis after acute coronary syndrome. Psychother Psychosom. 2011;80:316-318. PMCID: PMC3130891
  • Davidson KW,Burg MM, Kronish IM, et al. Association of anhedonia with recurrent major adverse cardiac events and mortality 1 year after acute coronary syndrome. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(5):480-488.
  • Davidson KW,Rieckmann N, Clemow L, et al. Enhanced depression care for patients with acute coronary syndrome and persistent depressive symptoms: Coronary Psychosocial Evaluation Studies Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(7):600-608.