Thomas Rutledge, PhD
Associate Professor-in-residence
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA. 92161-116A
Phone #: 858-552-8585 x7273
FAX #: 858-552-7414

Dr. Rutledge is an Assistant 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.

Research Focus
Dr. Rutledge’s research interests focus on the impact of mood and behavioral factors on chronic disease, particularly cardiovascular disease. Some of his recent work has examined the role of psychological symptoms in predicting heart disease among women, explored the impact of social support and relationships on chronic disease and mortality risk, and studied methods of quantifying cardiovascular recovery from mental stress in the laboratory.

Clinical Focus 
As part of the Psychology Service team in the VA Medial Center, Dr. Rutledge works in the Chronic Benign Pain Program (CBP) and the Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU). CBP is a structured, time limited, multidisciplinary treatment program serving patients with a variety of chronic pain conditions such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches, among others. SCIU is an advanced multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation facility for patients with both new and existing spinal cord injuries, and focuses on maximizing functional independence and quality of life.

Selected Publications:

  • Rutledge, T, & WISE investigators. (2001). History of anxiety disorders is associated with a decreased likelihood of angiographic CAD in women with chest pain: the WISE study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 37, 780-785.
  • Rutledge, T, Linden, W, & Paul, D. (2002). The reliability of cardiovascular reactivity: Effects of task-type & family history over a 3-year interval. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 8, 293-303. 
  • Rutledge, T, & Hogan, B. (2002). A quantitative review of prospective evidence linking psychological factors with hypertension development. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64, 758-766.
  • Rutledge, T, and WISE investigators. (2003). Socioeconomic Status Predicts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Prospective Mortality Incidence Among Women with Chest Pain: The WISE study. Behavioral Modification, 27, 54-67.
  • Rutledge, T, Matthews, K, & Cauley, J. (2003, in press). Social network size and marriage predicts mortality in older-aged women: prospective evidence from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF). Psychosomatic Medicine.


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