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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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


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.
Selected Publications

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Edmondson D, Newman JD, Whang W, Davidson KW. Emotional triggers of acute myocardial infarction: Do they matter? Eur Heart J. 2013;34:300-6.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.