Silvia Bigatti

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Bigatti is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Senior Contributing Faculty at Walden University, Ph.D. Psychology Program, College of Psychology and Community Services. She graduated from the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at University of California San Diego & San Diego State University in 2000, with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Bigatti has over 23 years experience in academia, and has expertise teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level at both brick and mortar and online universities.


BA, San Diego State University

PhD, University of California San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program

Awards / Honors

Summa cum Laude, San Diego State University, 1995

University Valedictorian, San Diego State University, 1995

Outstanding Student in Psychology, San Diego State University, 1995

Predoctoral National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health, 1995

Minority Graduate Fellowship, University of California San Diego, 1995

Doctoral Dissertation Award, Arthritis Foundation, 1998


Steiner, J. L., Bigatti, S. M., Slaven, J. E., Ang, D. C. (2017). The Complex Relationship between Pain Intensity and Physical Functioning in Fibromyalgia: The Mediating Role of Depression.. Journal of applied biobehavioral research

Wagner, C. D., Johns, S., Brown, L. F., Hanna, N., Bigatti, S. M. (2016). Acceptability and Feasibility of a Meaning-Based Intervention for Patients With Advanced Cancer and Their Spouses: A Pilot Study.. The American journal of hospice & palliative care

Wagner, C. D., Bigatti, S. M. (2016). A Comparison of Quality of Life Measures in Husbands of Women with Breast Cancer. Applied Research in Quality of Life

Das, L. T., Wagner, C. D., Bigatti, S. M. (2015). Illness representations of cancer among healthy residents of Kolkata, India.. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP

Steiner, J. L., Bigatti, S. M., Ang, D. C. (2015). Trajectory of change in pain, depression, and physical functioning after physical activity adoption in fibromyalgia.. Journal of health psychology

Bigatti, S. M., Steiner, J. L., Makinabakan, N., Hernandez, A. M., Johnston, E., Storniolo, A. M. (2012). Matched and mismatched cognitive appraisals in patients with breast cancer and their partners: implications for psychological distress.. Psycho-oncology


Bigatti, S. M., Tess, W., Kenzie, M., Brittney, H., Anna Maria, S., Lisa, R., Hiromi, T. (2017). The role of cumulative disadvantage in explaining breast cancer disparities in African American women. . International Psycho-Oncology and Psycho-Social Academy

Steiner, J. L., Bigatti, S. M., James, S., Dennis, A. (2016). The complex relationship between pain intensity and physical functioning in fibromyalgia: the mediating role of depression. American Pain Society

Bigatti, S. M., Conrad, K. (2015). Your Life.Your Story: A resilience-building program for Latino youth. National Health Outreach Conference

Christina, W., A, B., Bigatti, S. M., Nasser, H. (2014). Results of a meaning-based intervention for late stage cancer patients and their spouses. International Psycho-Oncology Society

Bigatti, S. M., Diaz, V., Conrad, K., Weathers, T., Mirabal, M. (2014). Latino immigrant parents of adolescents: Need for parenting support. . APHA

Bigatti, S. M., Conrad, K. (2015). Results of an innovative approach to resiliency building for Latino adolescents: Your Life. Your Story. Latino Youth Summit. . Society of Behavioral Medicine