Katherine Cutitta, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3700
Fax: 832-825-4164

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1630
Suite 1630
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship 2018
Baylor College of Medicine internship Pre-doctoral Internship 2016
East Carolina University PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology, Concentration in Clinical Health 2016
East Carolina University masters Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology 2012
Virginia Tech bachelors Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2009


Dr. Cutitta approaches clinical care as a collaborative coach, learning to understand her patients and improve daily functioning with regard to health related behaviors.  Dr. Cutitta works with the family unit, as well as the individual patient, to help improve quality of life, establish healthy habits, and work toward family and team goals.  She relies on empirically-based interventions, working alongside medical colleagues to help deliver team based care.  

Clinical Interests:

Clinically, Dr. Cutitta specializes in the treatment of cardiac related mental health concerns, including adjustment to disease, device, and/or surgery, cardiac specific anxiety or depression, and LVAD/ transplant evaluation. 

Research Interests:

Dr. Cutitta’s research interests include heart rate increase and physical activity avoidance in patients with cardiac conditions.  She is also interested in the cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation process. 


Organization Name Role
American Heart Association (AHA) Member
American Psychological Association (APA) Member
Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Member
Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP), Division 54 Member

Selected Publications

de la Uz, C., Cutitta, K., & Sears, S.F. (2016). Beyond the Cardiac Device:  Comprehensive Care of Children and Young Adults with Implantable Cardiac Devices. In Moss & Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents (9th Edition). Eds. Allen, H., Driscoll, D.J., Feltes, T.F., & Shaddy, R.E. New York: Lippincott, Inc.

Cutitta, K., Ladd, R., Buzenski, J., Fairbrother, D., & Sears, S. F. (2015). Heart smart guide for young patients with cardiac devices. Circulation 131, e330-e334.

Sears, S. F., Woodrow, L. K., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Shea, J. B., & Cahill, J. (2013). A patient’s guide to living confidently with chronic heart failure. Circulation 127, e525-528