Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Victoria L. Vetter, MD

Third Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP


Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) is a heritable condition characterized by syncopal episodes, arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy individuals. Current research, although underrepresented, on the quality of life and psychosocial stressors indicate that some individuals experience depression and anxiety as a result of this chronic medical illness. A survey was created and administered to cardiologists and allied professionals, who offer medical services to LQTS patients, and belong to the Pediatric Arrhythmia and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES). A Likert scale survey was developed for selfadministration and posted in an email for PACES members to complete voluntarily. This survey study examined the status of addressing psychosocial concerns relative to this chronic illness by cardiology centers generally, and cardiologists and allied professionals, specifically. The results of this survey show that the majority of respondents would be more likely to refer an individual for psychological service if a psychologist was a part of their Clinical Cardiology Team. This dataset further demonstrated the importance of collaborative care, as suggested in the Patient- Centered Medical Home model, advocating for the integration of psychology into the decision making process for chronic illnesses, particularly LQTS.