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Kenneth Freedland, PhD

Current Position
Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Associate Director, Behavioral Medicine Center

Education and Training
1975 B.S. Psychology, University of Oregon
1979 M.A. Clinical Psychology, Univ. of Hawaii
1982 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Univ. of Hawaii

Major Awards
President, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2008-2009)
Distinguished Service Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2010)
Editor-in-Chief, Health Psychology 2017-2023

Areas of Clinical Interest
Depression, stress, and heart disease
Behavioral trial methodology

Areas of Research Interests
I am currently conducting a study of depression as a risk factor for multiple hospital readmissions in patients with heart failure, as well as a trial of stepped care for depression and self-care in patients with heart failure. Some of my other recent work focuses on methodological aspects of behavioral intervention research.

Key Publications
Freedland KE, Carney RM, Rich MW, Steinmeyer BC, Skala JA, Davila-Roman VG. Depression and multiple rehospitalizations in patients with heart failure. Clin Cardiol 2016.  Full Article ->

Carney Robert M,Freedland Kenneth E,Steinmeyer Brian,Rubin Eugene H,Mann Douglas L,Rich Michael W,Cardiac Risk Markers and Response to Depression Treatment in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease. Psychosom Med 2016;78(1):49-59;  Full Article ->

Freedland Kenneth E,Carney Robert M,Rich Michael W,Steinmeyer Brian C,Rubin Eugene H,Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression and Self-Care in Heart Failure Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med 2015;175(11):1773-82  Full Article ->

Freedland KE, Skala JA, Carney RM, Rubin EH, Lustman PJ, Dávila-Román VG,
Steinmeyer BC, Hogue CW Jr. Treatment of depression after coronary artery bypass
surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Apr;66(4):387-96.  Full Article ->

Lichtman JH, Froelicher ES, Blumenthal JA, Carney RM, Doering LV, Frasure-Smith N, Freedland KE, Jaffe AS, Leifheit-Limson EC, Sheps DS, Vaccarino V, Wulsin L, American Heart Association Statistics Committee of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (2014 Mar 25). Depression as a risk factor for poor prognosis among patients with acute coronary syndrome: systematic review and recommendations: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 129(12): 1350-69.  Full Article ->

Carney RM, Freedland KE, Rubin EH, Rich MW, Steinmeyer BC, Harris WS. Omega-3
augmentation of sertraline in treatment of depression in patients with coronary
heart disease: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2009 Oct 21;302(15):1651-7.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NHLBI(Key Personnel):Omega-3 for Depression and Other Cardiac Risk Factors
NHLBI(PI):Depression and Rehospitalization in Patients with Heart Failure
NHLBI(PI) Stepped Care for Depression in Heart Failure