Dr. Donald Edmondson is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), and Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health (CBCH) at CUIMC. He is the PI of the NIH Common Fund’s Science of Behavior Change Resource and Coordinating Center (RCC). The overall aim of the SOBC RCC is to provide strategic leadership, efficient coordination, inspired support, and pioneer dissemination of the experimental medicine approach adopted by the SOBC network scientists to identify, validate measures, and engage health behavior change targets. In addition to his responsibilities leading the RCC, Dr. Edmondson is the PI of two cohort studies of PTSD due to cardiovascular events, and its association with secondary cardiovascular risk in acute coronary syndrome and stroke patients. He has expertise in psychological adjustment to life-threatening illness as well as psychosocial influences on CVD risk and progression. That work led to his Enduring Somatic Threat (EST) model of PTSD-like reactions in patients with acute life-threatening illnesses. In 2018, Dr. Edmondson won the American Psychological Association award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution in Early Career for his EST theory and research. He was also the first to show that the hospital environment itself contributes to patients’ subsequent PTSD-like symptoms. Dr. Edmondson founded the first emergency medicine research lab at Columbia to enroll patients in the emergency department, to ask them about their experience during evaluation for a life-threatening CVD event. In 2014, Dr. Edmondson received the Neal Miller award for early career contributions to behavioral medicine by the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research for this work.


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