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
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.
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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.