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Lindsey Rosman, PhD

Lindsey graduated from Purdue University with bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Neuroscience and Law and Society. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Brown University (Behavioral Medicine Track) and obtained her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from ECU in August of 2016. Her dissertation was entitled, “Development of the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Quality of Life Registry.” This project demonstrated the prevalence and persistence of adverse behavioral and psychosocial outcomes in women with pregnancy-induced heart failure.

Lindsey is continuing her research and training in women’s cardiovascular health as a postdoctoral fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests are in sex-based differences in risk factors and outcomes in women with cardiovascular disease. She is also interested in developing interventions to improve health and quality of life outcomes in patients with arrhythmias and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

 

Publications

Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Dunsiger S, Swales H, Aurigemma G, Ockene I, Rosman L, Wittstein I. (In press). Reproductive history of women with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. American Journal of Cardiology. 2016.

Rhodes A, Rosman L, Cahill J, Ingles J, Murray B, Tichnell C, James CA, Sears SF. (In press). Minding the genes: A multidisciplinary approach towards genetic assessment of cardiovascular disease. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2016.

Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Rosman L, Wittstein IS, et al. (In press). Psychiatric history, post-discharge distress, and personality characteristics among incident female cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy: A case-control study. Heart Lung. 2016.

Ford J, Rosman L, Wuensch K, Irvine J, Sears SF. Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress in Patients With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Trauma Stress. 2016;29:388-392.

Rosman L, Ford J, Whited A, et al. Compound risk: History of traumatic stress predicts posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and severity in sudden cardiac arrest survivors. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016;15:372-379.

Rosman L, Whited A, Lampert R, Mosesso VN, Lawless C, Sears SF. (2015). Cardiac Anxiety after Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Severity, Predictors and Clinical Implications. Int J Cardiology. 2015 Feb 15;181:73-6.

Rosman L, Cahill J, McCammon SL, Sears SF. Sexual Health Concerns in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation. 2014;129(5):e313-6.

Rosman L, Whited A, Ford J, Nekkanti R, Cahill J, & Sears SF. (In Press). Adding Psychological Intervention to High Tech Care for Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. In: Alvarenga M, Byrne D (eds). Handbook of Psychocardiology. Springer, Singapore.

Littleton HL, Grills-Taquechel AE, Buck KS, Rosman L, Dodd JC. Health Risk Behavior and Sexual Assault Among Ethnically Diverse Women. Psychology of Women Quarterly. 2013;37:7-21.

Littleton H, Buck K, Rosman L, Grills-Taquechel A. From Survivor to Thriver: A Pilot Study of an Online Program for Rape Victims. Cogn Behav Pract. 2012;19:315-327.

 

Katherine Cutitta, PhD

Kate CutittaKate graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology. She has experience working in the Neurocognitive Assessment Lab as well as the Ryan White HIV Primary Care and Infectious Disease Clinic at The University of Virginia. Katherine Cutitta is a third year doctoral student in the Cardiac Psychology lab. She earned her Master's degree in 2012 after defending a thesis entitled "SHOxABILITY: Ability and Avoidance of Daily Activity Behaviors in ICD Patients". Katherine's research interests include incorporating new technology in the research and care of cardiac patients and pediatric cardiology care.

 

 

 

 

Publications
Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Smith, J., Hazelton, G., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Sears, S. (under review). Patient reported health outcomes and shock anxiety in a web-based national ICD sample. American Heart Journal.

Sears, S., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Cahill, J., & Shea, J., (accepted for publication). Living confidently with CHF. Circulation.

Ford, J., Finch, J., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Hazelton, G. And Sears, S. (2012). The Florida Shock Anxiety Scale (FSAS) for Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: Testing Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity of a Previously Established Measure. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2012.03455.xH.

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

Guerrero, D.A., Broshek, D., Freeman, J., Cutitta, K. (2010). Psychological Care of Student Athletes in a University Environment. Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health.

Winstead-Derlega, C., Rafaly, M., Delgado, S., Freeman, J., Cutitta, K., Miles, T., Ingersoll, K., and Dillingham, D. (2012). Telemedicine and e-Health, 18(6): 464-469. doi:10.1089/tmj.2011.0236.

 

 

Jessica Ford, PhD

Jessica FordJessica graduated from the Clinical Health Psychology Program in August of 2014. Since then, she has worked as  a civilian employee of the Department of the Army and has returned to East Carolina University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her interests are in medical trauma, evidence-based health intervention, and serving military and veteran populations.

Publications

Sears, S., Ford, J., & Cahill, J. (In Press). Poor health status and distress in cardiac patients: The role of device therapy versus underlying heart disease. Europace.

Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Smith, J., Hazelton, G., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Sears, S. (under review). Patient reported health outcomes and shock anxiety in a web-based national ICD sample.

Sears, S., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Cahill, J., & Shea, J., (accepted for publication). Living confidently with CHF. Circulation. 

Ford, J., Sears, S., Shea, J., Cahill, J. (In Press). Coping with trauma and stressful events as a patient with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: Patient page. Circulation.

Horn, M., Ford, J., Fairbrother, D., & Sears, S. F. (In Press). Cardiovascular complaints in adolescence: Clinical considerations. In W. O’Donohue, L. Benuto, & L. Tolle (eds.), Adolescent Health Psychology. New York, NY: Springer.

Ford, J., Sears, S. (In Press). Interactive case challenge: Managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms secondary to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Cardiac Rhythm Management.

Dimsdale, C., Dimsdale, A., Ford, J., Shea, J. B., Sears, S. F. (2012). My child needs or has an ICD: What should I do? Circulation, 126, e244 - e247.

Ford, J., Finch, J., Woodrow, L. K., Cutitta, K., Sears, S. F. (2012). The Florida Shock Anxiety Scale (FSAS) for patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Reliability, validity, and factor structure of a previously established measure. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 35, 1146 – 1153.

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, G., Conti, J. B. (2011). Posttraumatic stress and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator patient: What the electrophysiologist needs to know. Circulation, 4, 242 – 50.

Davis, C. E., Hauf, J. D., Wu, D. Q., Everhart, D. E. (2010). Brain function with complex decision making using electroencephalography. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79, 175 – 83.

 

 

L. Kevin Woodrow, PhD

Kevin WoodrowKevin began his doctoral studies in 2010 after completing a successful career in the US Army. His research interests include developing better psychosocial interventions for specific types of cardiac disease. Kevin is married with three children (Kevin, Jake, and Lawson) and in his spare time enjoys watching their many sports and musical activities.




 

 

 

Publications
Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Smith, J., Hazelton, G., Shea, J., Fischer, A., & Sears, S. (under review). Patient reported health outcomes and shock anxiety in a web-based national ICD sample.

Sears, S., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Cahill, J., & Shea, J., (accepted for publication). Living confidently with CHF. Circulation.

Ford, J., Finch, J., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Hazelton, G., & Sears, S. F. (2012). The Florida shock anxiety scale (FSAS) for patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Testing factor structure, reliability, and validity of a previously established measure. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 35(9), 1146-1153.

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.

 

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.

Publications

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.