Thomas Rutledge, Ph.D., ABPP 



Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA. 92161-116A
T: (858) 552-8585 x7273
F: (858) 552-7414


Dr. Rutledge is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1994, and subsequently completed Master’s and Doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Rutledge completed his clinical internship at the Toronto Hospital, and later completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh in their Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine fellowship program. He currently works in the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. His research focuses on the overlap between mental health and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and chronic pain.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Rutledge is a behavioral medicine researcher focusing on the overlap between mental health and chronic illness and developing behavioral treatments for chronic disease management. His recent funded research activity includes clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatments for chronic pain, nutritional interventions for obesity, and meditation and tai chi interventions for conditions such as PTSD and heart failure


  • Redwine L, Hong S, Linke SE, Rutledge T, Tsuang M, Mills P. A pilot study exploring the effects of a twelve-week Tai chi intervention on somatic symptoms of depression in heart failure patients. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2012;(8):744-748.
  • Rutledge T, Braden AL, Woods G, Herbst KL, Groesz LM, Savu M. Five-year Changes in Psychiatric Health and Weight-Related Comorbidities Following Bariatric Surgery in a Veteran Population. Obesity Surgery 2012;11:1734-1741.
  • Dollarhide A, Rutledge T, Weinger M, Stucky E, Jain S, Wolfson T, Dresselhaus T. A Real-Time Assessment of Factors Influencing Medication Events. J Healthc Qual. 2013 Mar 29. doi: 10.1111/jhq.12012
  • Jiménez JA, Redwine LL, Rutledge TR, Dimsdale JE, Pung MA, Ziegler MG, Greenberg BH, Mills PJ. Depression Ratings and Antidepressant Use among Outpatient Heart Failure Patients: Implications for the Screening and Treatment of Depression. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 2012;44(4):315-34.
  • Rutledge & WISE investigators. Anxiety Associations with Cardiac Symptoms, Angiographic Disease Severity, & Healthcare Utilization among Women with Suspected Myocardial Ischemia. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Feb 11. doi:pii: S0167-5273(13)00076-4. 10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.01.036.
  • Rutledge T, Redwine L, Linke S, Mills P. A Meta-Analysis of Mental Health Treatments versus Cardiac Rehabilitation for Improving Clinical Outcomes and Depression among Patients with Coronary Heart Disease. Psychosom Med. 2013 May;75(4):335-49. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e318291d798. Epub 2013 Apr 29.
  • Eastwood J, Johnson BD, Rutledge T, Bittner V, Whittaker KS, Krantz DS, Cornell CE, Eteiba W, Handberg E, Pepine CJ, Bairey Merz CN. Anginal Symptom Presentation, Angiographic Coronary Artery Disease, and Adverse Outcomes in Black and White Women: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Journal of Women’s Health (in press, 2014).
  • Redwine L, Hong S, Rutledge T, Zeigler M, Greenberg, B, Mills P. Differential leukocyte beta-adrenergic receptor sensitivity associated with depression severity in patients with heart failure. Psychosomatic Medicine (2014, in press).
  • Handberg EM, Eastwood J, Eteiba W, Johnson BD, Krantz DS, Thompson DV, Pepine CJ, Bittner V, Shaw L, Merz NB, Rutledge T. . Symptoms, psychosocial factors and cardiovascular outcomes in the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation: clinical implications. Women’s Health (2014, in press).
  • Rutledge T, & WISE investigators. Relationships between depression, dietary habits, and cardiovascular mortality and events among women with suspected myocardial ischemia. The American Journal of Medicine (2014, in press).