Katherine Cutitta, PhD
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.
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.
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.
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
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