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Karina W. Davidson

  • ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Medicine, Cardiology
  • ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Psychiatry
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Education

  • PHD, University of Waterloo

  • M.A.Sc., University of Waterloo

  • Fellowship, Psychology
    Dalhousie University

Biography

    Karina Davidson, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Intervention Research Director of the Integrative and Behavioral Cardiology Program at the Integrative & Behavioral Cardiovascular Health Program of the Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Davidson's research focuses on the interplay between personality, emotions, and physical indices of health in adults. Cardiovascular diseases comprise the area of physical health that she typically studies, and she is interested in personality assessment and intervention at the primary, secondary, and tertiary stages of these diseases. She has conducted randomized controlled trials primarily in anger management but has recently developed an interest in depression reduction and subsequent improvement in cardiovascular parameters such as uncontrolled hypertension and silent ischemia. Of note are her two randomized controlled trials demonstrating that anger expression changes gained from group therapy decrease hostility as well as blood pressure and hospital re-admissions, and her NIH contract exploring the etiology, course and treatment of cardiac dysphoria in patients with acute coronary syndromes. She is the Chair of the Society of Behavioral Medicine committee on Evidence-based Behavioral-Medicine, a task force charged with improving and implementing evidence-based principles for behavioral medicine researchers, practitioners and students. She has taught evidence-based psychotherapy theory and practicum courses for a number of years to clinical psychology graduate students at both University of Alabama and Dalhousie University. She is an editorial board member of Psychosomatic Medicine and Journal of Research in Personality.

    Consulting Psychologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

    -Provide up to three monthly lectures on stress and anger management
    -Provide up to three individual patient appointments per week
    -Meet with Cardiac Rehab. Staff to discuss patient management issues

Awards

  • 2002 -
    Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow

  • 2001 -
    National Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Service Award

  • 2000 -
    Michael Follick Research Award from the National Society of Behavioral Medicine

  • 1996 - 97
    Greg Bonner Memorial Award for Highest Rated Research Grant Application
    Heart and Stroke Foundation

  • 1993 - 94
    Greg Bonner Memorial Award for Highest Rated Research Grant Application
    Heart and Stroke Foundation

  • 1991 - 92
    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Post-doctoral Fellowship (declined)

  • 1986 - 90
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship

  • 1984 - 86
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship

  • 1982 - 83
    Dean's List

  • 1982 - 83
    Ann Adamson (psychology) Scholarship

  • 1981 - 84
    Queen's University Provincial Scholarship

Research

Psychosocial factors that influence the well-being and health of cardiac patients.

Publications

Davidson K, Jonas B, Dixon K, Markovitz J. Do depression symptoms predict early hypertension incidence in young adults from the CARDIA study?. Arch Intern Med 2000; 160: 1495-1500.

Schwartz AR, Gerin W, Davidson K, Christenfeld N. Differential effects of post-stress rumination on blood pressure recovery in men and women. Ann Behav Med 2000; 22(Supplement): S204.

Schwartz AR, Gerin W, Davidson K, Christenfeld N. Distraction: A critical moderating variable in psychology experiments. Ann Behav Med 2000; 22: S145.

Davidson KW, MacGregor MW, Stuhr J, Dixon K, MacLean D. Constructive anger verbal behavior predicts blood pressure in a population-based sample. Health Psychol 2000; 19: 55-64.

Gidron Y, Davidson KW, Ilia R. Development and cross-cultural and clinical validation of a brief comprehensive scale for assessing hostility in medical settings. J Behav Med 2001; 24: 1-15.

Stewart M, Davidson KW, Meade D, Hirth A, Weld-Viscount P. Group support for couples coping with a cardiac condition: Perceptions of intervention processes and outcomes. J Adv Nurs 2001; 33: 190-199.

Chaplin WF, Davidson KW, Sparrow V, Stuhr J, Van Roosemalen E, Wallston KA. A structural evaluation of the expanded Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale with a diverse sample of Caucasian/European, Native, and Black Canadian women. J Health Psychol 2001; 6: 447-455.

Kario K, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW, Pickering TG. Gender differences in the associations of diurnal blood pressure variation, awake and sleep ambulatory activity with Negative Affect: The Work Site Blood Pressure study. Hypertension 2001; 38: 997-1002.

Gerin W, Ockene J, Davidson K, Kaufmann P, Czajkowski S, Rowland J, Tobin JN, Dimsdale J. Career development: Keys to Success in Research and Clinical Practice in Behavioral Medicine. Ann Behav Med 2001; 23(Supplement): S1.

Oseitutu K, Sohn P, Davidson KW, Schwartz AR, Christenfeld N, Glynn L, Pickering TG, Gerin W. Effect of trait rumination on ambulatory blood pressure. Ann Behav Med 2001; 23(Supplement): S169.

Davidson KW. Development and cross-cultural and clinical validation of a brief comprehensive scale for assessing hostility in medical settings. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2001; 24: 1-15.

Markovitz JH, Jonas BS, Davidson KW. Psychological factors as precursors to hypertension. Current Hypertension Reports 2001; 3: 25-32.

Davidson KW, Holderby A, Willis S, Barksdale C, Richardson TN. Three top Canadian and personal health concerns of a random Nova Scotia sample of women. Can J Public Health 2001; 92: 53-56.

Gerin W, Ockene J, Davidson K, Kaufmann P, Czajkowski S, Rowland J, Greene L, Kaplan RM. Career development: Keys to Success in Research and Clinical Practice in Behavioral Medicine. Ann Behav Med 2002; xx(Supplement): Sx.

Shimbo D, Child J, Davidson KW, Geer E, Osend JI, Reddy S, Dronge A, Fuster V, Badimon JJ. Exaggerated serontonin-mediated platelet reactivity as a possible link in depression and acute coronary syndromes. Am J Cardiol 2002; 89: 17-19.

Rowan PJ, McGlone J, Davidson KW, MacLean D. Environmental illness prevalence: A population-based study in Nova Scotia. Br J Heath Psychol;.

Davidson KW, Wilson DL, Barksdale C, Black B, MacLean D. U-curved relation between total fasting serum cholesterol and hostility: A population-based study. Int J Behav Med ;.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr.Davidson is not currently required to report Industry relationships.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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