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Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD

Current Position
Professor of Psychiatry

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)

Areas of Clinical Interest
Depression, stress, and heart disease


Areas of Research Interests
I am currently conducting a randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for depression and inadequate self-care in patients with heart failure, and collaborating on a variety of observational and treatment studies, most of which pertain to depression in medical illness. Some of my other recent work focuses on methodological aspects of behavioral intervention research.


Key Publications
Carney RM, Freedland KE, Steinmeyer B, Blumenthal JA, Berkman LF, Watkins LL, Freedland KE, Mohr DC, Davidson KW, Schwartz JE. Usual and unusual care: existing practice control groups in randomized controlled trials of behavioral
interventions. Psychosom Med. 2011 May;73(4):323-35.  Full Article ->

Freedland KE, Carney RM, Rich MW. Effect of depression on prognosis in heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2011 Jan;7(1):11-21.  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 ->

Carney RM, Freedland KE, Stein PK, Steinmeyer BC, Harris WS, Rubin EH, Krone
RJ, Rich MW. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on heart rate variability in depressed
patients with coronary heart disease. Psychosom Med. 2010 Oct;72(8):748-54.  Full Article ->

Scherrer JF, Chrusciel T, Zeringue A, Garfield LD, Hauptman PJ, Lustman PJ,
Freedland KE, Carney RM, Bucholz KK, Owen R, True WR. Anxiety disorders increase
risk for incident myocardial infarction in depressed and nondepressed Veterans
Administration patients. Am Heart J. 2010 May;159(5):772-9  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):Cardiac Risk Markers and Unremitting Depression in Acute Coronary Syndrome
NIMH(Key Personnel):Improving Depression Treatment Outcomes with an Insulin-Sensitizing Agent
NHLBI(PI):Treatment of Functional Impairment in Patients with Heart Failure and Comorbid Depression
NCI(PI):Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Annual Conference
NIMH(Key Personnel):Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation for Late-life Depression After Disablement
NIMH(Key Personnel):fMRI Studies of Emotional Circuitry in Depression
NHLBI(Key Personnel):Comparison of Depression Interventions after Acute Coronary Syndrome (CODIACS)
AHRQ(Key Personnel):Randomized Controlled Trial of Screening for Depression in Cardiac Outpatients