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Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.

Member, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., is a vice dean and professor in the Departments of Medicine, Cardiology, and Psychiatry and the director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Davidson's patient-oriented research focuses on behavioral and biopsychosocial influences on cardiovascular disease, including mechanisms by which these factors influence cardiovascular risk and interventions for reducing that risk. She has identified important psychosocial risk factors for incident and recurrent cardiac events and mortality, and the physiological and behavioral mechanisms by which that risk is conferred. She has also conducted randomized, controlled trials for managing anger or depression to examine possible improvements in quality of life, cardiovascular, and cost outcomes. Dr. Davidson has also conducted research in clinical and translational science, particularly in health care system identification of depression and other psychosocial factors related to cardiovascular care.

Dr. Davidson is an editorial board member of Psychosomatic Medicine and Clinical Trials and a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and Journal of American College of Cardiology. She is also past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Davidson formed and is the past chair of the Evidence-Based Behavioral-Medicine committee, a task force charged by seven national and international societies with improving and implementing evidence-based principles within behavioral medicine. She is the founder of the Cochrane Behavioral Medicine Field, an international effort to synthesize and disseminate evidence for behavioral medicine interventions.

Dr. Davidson received a B.A. in psychology from Queen's University in Canada. She earned her M.A.Sc. in industrial and organizational psychology and her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She also served as a health and child clinical psychology intern at Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital.

Dr. Davidson joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.

Current as of: November 2018

Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. November 2018.

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