The BMRC are leading researchers in the field of behavioral medicine. Members of the four constituent organizations can contribute to the BMRC by joining writing groups and serving as advisors to current board members.


American Psychosomatic Society

Council Members:

Elissa Epel

Suzanne Segerstrom


Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research

Council Members:

Simon Bacon

Karen Matthews


Society of Behavioral Medicine

Council Members:

Michael Diefenbach

Tracey Revenson


Society for Health Psychology

Council Members:

Karina Davidson

John Ruiz


The combined expertise of the council members allows the BMRC to evaluate basic, clinical, and public health research needs and develop research aims to advance the science and practice of behavioral medicine.

Council Officers


Karina Davidson, PhD, MASc

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 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).

Dr. Davidson’s current research focuses on personalized (N-of-1) trials to identify precision therapies to improve a single patient's 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 and help identify therapies that provide maximal benefit and minimal harm for each individual patient.

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