Dept of Psychology Research Laboratories

Cardiac Psychology Lab

East Carolina Heart Institute

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Kari Kirian, PhD

Dr. Kari KirianDr. Kari Kirian received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University in 2012. During her career she has contributed 9 publications to the field of Cardiac Psychology and completed a predoctoral internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2012.

She is currently a clinical instructor for the department of Family Medicine. Dr. Kirian remains an active member of the Cardiac Psychology lab. Her interests include behavioral medicine, integrated care, primary care psychology, health psychology, and cardiac psychology.


Kirian, K., Sears, S. F., & DeAntonio, H. (2012). Sudden cardiac arrest: A biopsychosocial approach to patient management of ventricular fibrillation and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. In E. Dornelas (Ed.), Stress proof the heart: Behavioral approaches for cardiac patients (pp. 25-43). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Ford, J., Cutitta, K. E., Woodrow, L. K., Kirian, K., & Sears, S. F. (2011). Caring for the heart and mind in ICD patients. Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, 3, 451-62. 

Sears, S. F., Hauf, J. D., Kirian, K., Hazelton, A. G., & Conti, J. B. (2011). Post-traumatic stress and the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patient: What the electrophysiologist needs to know. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 4, 242-250.

Sears, S. F., Kirian, K., Matchett, M., Benton, C., & Nekkanti, R. (2011). Family matters: Research and clinical management of psychosocial issues for ICD patients and ICD partners. In A. Tsiperfal (Ed.), Cardiac arrhythmia management: A practical guide for nurses and allied professionals (pp. 311-325). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd.

Sears, S. F. & Kirian, K. (2010). Shock and patient centered outcomes research: Is an ICD shock still a critical event? Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 33, 1437-1441.

Kirian, K., Sears, S. F., & Shea, J. B. (2009). How to respond to an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator recall. Circulation, 119, e189-191. 

Hazelton, A. G., Sears, S. F., Kirian, K., Matchett, M., & Shea, J. (2009). Cardiac partner page: Coping with your partner's ICD and cardiac disease. Circulation, 120, e73-e76.

Matchett, M., Kirian, K., Hazelton, A. G., Brumfield, J., & Sears, S. F. (2009). Common presenting psychosocial problems for implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients: A primer for consulting professionals. In L. Sher (Ed.) Psychological factors and cardiovascular disorders (pp. xxx-xxx). New York: Nova Biomedical Books.

Matchett, M., Sears, S. F., Hazelton, A. G., Kirian, K., Wilson, E., & Nekkanti, R. (2009). The implantable cardioverter defibrillator: Its history, current psychological impact, and its future. Expert Review of Medical Devices, 6, 43-50.


Garrett Hazelton, PhD

Dr. Garrett HazeltonGarrett Hazelton received his PhD from East Carolina University in 2011 and was the first graduate from the Clinical Health Psychology Program. He successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Decisional Balance among Potential ICD Recipients: Development of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Decision Analysis Scale (ICD-DAS)". He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, rotating in obesity and pain/biofeedback practica.

Currently, Dr. Hazelton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at ECU. Dr. Hazelton continues to remain active in the Cardiac Psychology lab at ECU.