Donald Edmondson, PhD


Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Medicine and Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2001 History, Union University, Jackson TN
  • MA, 2007 Psychology, Clinical, University of Connecticut
  • PhD, 2009 Psychology, Personality, University of Connecticut
  • MPH, 2012 Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Dr. Donald Edmondson's research focuses on the potential for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to cardiovascular disease events, as well as the behavioral and physiological mechanisms of the link between PTSD and cardiovascular outcomes. He also studies the impact of the hospitalization experience itself on patient stress, sleep, physical conditioning, and nutrition.

Selected Publications

  • Edmondson D. (2014). An enduring somatic threat model of posttraumatic stress disorder due to acute life-threatening medical events. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8(3), 118-134. PMCID: PMC4048720 [Available on 2015/3/15]
  • Edmondson D, Green P, Ye S, Halazun H, Davidson KW (2014). Psychological stress and 30-day all-cause hospital readmission in acute coronary syndrome patients: An observational cohort study. PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(3): e91477. PMCID: PMC3951368
  • Edmondson D, Kronish IM, Wasson LT, Giglio J, Davidson KW, Whang W. A test of the diathesis-stress model in the emergency department: Who develops PTSD after an acute coronary syndrome? Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2014, 53:8-13. PMCID: PMC4023688
  • Kronish IM, Lin JJ, Cohen BE, Voils CI, Edmondson D. (2014). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder increases risk for non-adherence to medications in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(3), 468-470. PMCID: PMC3999520
  • Edmondson D, Kronish IM, Shaffer JA, Falzon L, Burg MM (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder and risk for coronary heart disease: A meta-analytic review. American Heart Journal, 166, 806-814. PMCID: PMC3815706 [Available on 2014/11/1]
  • Edmondson, D., Newman, J. D., Whang, W., & Davidson, K.W. (2013). Emotional triggers of acute myocardial infarction: Do they matter? European Heart Journal, 34, 300-6. PMCID: PMC3549526
  • Edmondson D, Richardson S, Fausett JK, Falzon L, Howard VJ, Kronish I. Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in stroke survivors: A meta-analytic review. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e66435. PMCID: PMC3686746
  • Edmondson, D., Shimbo, D., Ye, S., Wyer, P., & Davidson, K.W. (2013). The association of emergency department crowding during treatment for acute coronary syndrome with subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013;173:472-475. PMCID: PMC3973030
  • Edmondson, D., Richardson, S., Falzon, L., Davidson, K.W., Mills, M.A., & Neria, Y. (2012). Posttraumatic stress disorder prevalence and risk of recurrence in acute coronary syndrome patients: A meta-analytic review. PLoS ONE. PMCID: PMCID: PMC3380054
  • Edmondson, D., Rieckmann, N., Shaffer, J. A., Schwartz, J. E., Burg, M. M., Davidson, K. W., Clemow, L., Shimbo, D., & Kronish, I. M. (2011). Posttraumatic stress due to an acute coronary syndrome increases risk of 42-month major adverse cardiac events and all-cause mortality. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1621-26. PMCID: PMC3210372