Karina W Davidson

Karina W Davidson, PhD

  • ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Medicine, Cardiology

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


MASc, University of Waterloo