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Donna Waechter

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Kent State University (1982)

Research Interests

Resource utilization and clinical outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation; Psychosocial adaptation to cardiac illness; physiologic changes and exercise capacity during the cardiac rehabilitation process; baseline psychological function in cardiac rehabilitation participants; Evaluation of quality of life survey instruments and weight loss among obese cardiac rehabilitation participants.


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Gunstad, J., Luyster, F., Hughes, J., Waechter, D., Rosneck, J., & Josephson, R. (2007).  The effects of obesity on functional work capacity and quality of life in phase II cardiac rehabilitation. Preventive Cardiology 10, 64-67.

Luyster, F., Hughes, J. W., Waechter, D., & Josephson, R. (2006). Resource loss predicts depression and anxiety among patients treated with implantable cardiac defibrillator. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 794-800.

Waechter, D., Boyer, J., Garner R., & Gammon, J.  (2006).  Differences between males and females responding to photos used in research recruiting materials. Society of Research Administrators International 2006 Symposium Proceedings, pp. 250-257.

Rosneck, J., Waechter, D., & Josephson, R. (2006).  Program success outcome Indicators in cardiac rehabilitation: A Delphi study.  Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 26:265.

Waechter, D., Rosneck, J., Josephson, R. Improving clinical Care via Data-Driven Decision Making. Paper published in the Proceedings of the SPSS North American User's Conference. Chicago, November 5-9, 2006.

Waechter, D., Rosneck, J., Hughes, J., & Josephson, R. (2004).  Contrasting Mental Health and Physical Functioning Quality of Life between the Old Old (> 75 years) and General Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Population

Donna Waechter
Department of Psychology

Cardiovascular Health & Rehab Research Inst.
Summa Health System
Classroom E
41 Arch Street
Akron, OH, 44304-1499