Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Medicine, Cardiology, and Psychiatry
  • Director, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Associate Director, Columbia University Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA)
Contact Information: 

622 W. 168th Street
PH 9 Room 314
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-342-4493

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (1991), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
M.A.Sc., Industrial/Org Psychology (1987), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
B.A. Hon. (1984), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Karina Davidson's research focuses on biopsychosocial influences on cardiovascular disease. She was the Principal Investigator for one series of NHLBI studies (COPES) examining the etiologies, mechanisms and treatments by which depression confers prognostic risk in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and is also is Principal Investigator for a NHLBI-funded program project grant (PULSE) examining novel depression phenotypes and their pathophysiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying ACS recurrence risk. She is also conducting an NHLBI-funded randomized controlled trial to test which of two depression treatments improves survival in ACS patients. She has previously conducted randomized controlled trials on telephone-administered Problem-Solving Therapy for depression, hostility management, and improving constructive anger, and has also applied dose-finding methodologies to the development of behavioral interventions for patients with cardiovascular diseases. She has successfully mentored several junior faculty members from many disciplines and with differing scientific interests.
Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Davidson KW,Mostofsky E. Anger expression and risk of coronary heart disease: Evidence from the Nova Scotia Health Survey. Am Heart J. 2010;159(2):199-206
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Davidson KW,Mostofsky E, Whang W. Don't worry, be happy: Positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey. Eur Heart J. 2010;31(9):1065-1070.
  8. Davidson KW,Burg M, Shimbo D. Endothelin-1 Release and Stimulation of the Inflammatory Cascade. Is Acute Coronary Syndrome Triggered by Watching Spectator Sports? J Am Coll Cardiol . 2010;55(7):643-644.
  9. Davidson KW, Schwartz JE, Kirkland SA, et al. Relation of Inflammation to Depression and Incident Coronary Heart Disease (from the Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey [NSHS95] Prospective Population Study). Am J Cardiol. 2009;103(6):755-761.