Karina Davidson, PhD, MASc is Vice Dean of Organizational Effectiveness at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chief Academic Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Executive Director of the Center for Behavioral & Cardiovascular Health, and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Recently appointed as Chief Academic Officer at NYP, Dr. Davidson is responsible for creating physician leadership training programs, leading best educational practice implementation for NYP resident/fellow training, and implementing creative workplace initiatives to enhance teaching and learning in the clinical environment. In her role as Vice Dean of Organizational Effectiveness, she oversees the assessment and optimization of learning environments for medical students and improves faculty engagement, and ensures the overall effectiveness of Columbia University Medical Center. In close collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Davidson has worked on various quality improvement initiatives, including leading an effort to improve patient flow through the emergency department to medicine units at multiple hospital sites.
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. Dr. Davidson received her PhD in clinical psychology and her master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Waterloo. She has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, has been an NIH-funded principle investigator on over 20 grants, and is an expert in behavior and system interventions.