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  • Professor, Senior Vice President of Research, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Head, Center for Personalized Health, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Professor, Behavioral Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the Investigator

For more than 25 years, Dr. Davidson has served in leadership roles with diverse stakeholder teams focused on advancing scientific and educational missions through the generation and utilization of research based evidence. She previously served as the vice-dean for organizational effectiveness and executive director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University and as the chief academic officer for New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Davidson earned her Masters of Applied Science in industrial/organizational psychology as well as her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Research focus

Dr. Davidson’s current research focuses on Personalized (N-of-1) trials to identify precision therapies to improve a single patients’ symptoms, conditions or behaviors and promote overall health and wellness. She has been the principal investigator of more than 22 federally funded grants and authored over 200 peer reviewed articles. Dr. Davidson was recently awarded a Transformative R01 grant to accomplish the vision of re-imagining the process by which therapies are tested in the clinical encounter, the goal of which is to help identify therapies providing maximal benefit and minimal harm for each individual patient

Lab members

Dr. Davidson’s Center for Personalized Health is located in Manhattan and comprised of a team of passionate clinician-scientists and staff focused on disrupting the way we manage chronic diseases, conditions, symptoms and care through evidence-based findings. Our mission is to be the internationally-renowned center for researching, training, implementing and improving the personalized care of each patient. Our research is rooted in applying the rigor of evidence-based science with emerging technology to provide custom care plan of each patient.

Center members include:

Jennifer Cookingham
Project Manager - Administrative
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Stefani D’Angelo
Supervisor, Research
Email: [email protected]


Joan Duer-Hefele
Director, Clinical Research
Email: [email protected]


Louise Falzon 
Research Associate
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Melissa Kaplan
Assistant Research Coordinator
Email: [email protected]


Courtney Lewis
Assistant Research Coordinator
Email: [email protected] 


June Marro 
Senior Executive Assistant
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Danielle Miller
Assistant Research Coordinator
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Jazmin Mogavero 
Research Project Coordinator 
Email: [email protected]


Gabrielle Albanese Osorio 
AVP, Research
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Evelyn Santos
Project Coordinator - Administrative
Email: [email protected]


Zarrin Tashnim
Assistant Research Coordinator 
Email: [email protected]
 

Education

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Degree: B.A. Hon.
1984
Field of Study: Psychology

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Degree: M.A.Sc.
1987
Field of Study: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Degree: PhD
1991
Field of Study: Clinical Psychology

Honors & awards

  • 2000 Michael Follick Research Award, National Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2001 National Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Service Award
  • 2002 Elected Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2002 Scientific Program Chair, Society for Behavioral Medicine
  • 2003 Elected Fellow, Health Psychology (Division 38), American Psychological Association
  • 2004 Elected Member, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (FABMR)
  • 2005 Career Service Award, Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • 2006 Founding Convener, Cochrane Behavioral Medicine Field
  • 2007-2018 Member, National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Board of External Experts
  • 2008 President, Health Psychology Division, American Psychological Association
  • 2009 Keynote Speaker, British Psychological Society, Ashford, England
  • 2009 Elected Fellow, American Heart Association Epidemiology Council (FAHA)
  • 2013 President, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
  • 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2013 Annual Golden Mind-Body Lecturer, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • 2014 Member, United Stated Preventative Services Task Force
  • 2015 Elected Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • 2015 Chair, NHLBI joint Council-Board of External Experts Strategic Planning committee
  • 2015 Honorary Elected Fellow, European Health Psychology Society (one chosen per year)
  • 2016 Columbia University Medical Center/Irving Institute Mentor of the Year
  • 2019 AWSM Award for Excellence

Publications

  1. Sumner JA, Carey RN, Michie S, Johnston M, Edmondson D and Davidson KW. Using rigorous methods to advance behaviour change science. Nat Hum Behav. 2018;2:797-799.
  2. Shaffer JA, Kronish IM, Falzon L, Cheung YK and Davidson KW. N-of-1 Randomized Intervention Trials in Health Psychology: A Systematic Review and Methodology Critique. Ann Behav Med. 2018;52:731-742.
  3. Moise N, Wood D, Kuen KCY, Duan N, Onge TS, Duer-Hefele J, Pu T, Davidson KW, Kronish IM and members of the "Personalized Trial C. Patient preferences for Personalized (N-of-1) Trials: A conjoint analysis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018;102:12-22.
  4. Davidson KW, Alcantara C and Miller GE. Selected psychological comorbidities in coronary heart disease: Challenges and grand opportunities. Am Psychol. 2018;73:1019-1030.
  5. Davidson KW, Wasson LT and Kronish IM. Should You Screen for and Manage Depression in Patients With a Recent Acute Coronary Syndrome? Ann Intern Med. 2017;167:750-751.
  1. Davidson KW and Cheung YK. Envisioning a future for precision health psychology: innovative applied statistical approaches to Nof-1 studies. Health Psychol Rev. 2017;11:292-294.
  2. Wasson LT, Cusmano A, Meli L, Louh I, Falzon L, Hampsey M, Young G, Shaffer J and Davidson KW. Association Between Learning Environment Interventions and Medical Student Well-being: A Systematic Review. JAMA. 2016;316:2237-2252.
  3. Davidson KW, Kronish IM, Shaffer JA. An Innovative or Disconcerting Approach to the Psychosocial Care of Your Patient With a Cardiac Condition: Are You a Lumper or a Splitter? JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):936-937.
  4. Davidson KW, Peacock J, Kronish IM, Edmondson D. Personalizing behavior change interventions through single-patient (N-of-1) randomized controlled trials. Soc Personal Psychol Compass. 2014;8(8):408-421.
  5. U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW, Jr., Garcia FAR, Gillman MW, Harper DM, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Owens DK, Phillips WR, Phipps MG, Pignone MP and Siu AL. Screening for Colorectal Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2016;315:2564-2575
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