Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr. Freedland is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Washington University School of Medicine. His research focuses on depression and related behavioral and psychosocial problems in patients with heart disease and other chronic illnesses. He has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator on numerous observational studies and clinical trials, and he has served on both the single-site and multicenter clinical trial review committees for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has also served on the faculty of the annual NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials since 2007 and has been the Program Director of the Summer Institute since 2020. He is the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology, the author or co-author of over 250 journal articles and book chapters, and a co-author of a methodology textbook entitled Behavioral Clinical Trials for Chronic Diseases: Scientific Foundations (Springer, 2021). His methodological interests include the selection and design of comparators for behavioral trials, the role and design of pilot studies in behavioral intervention research, the definition and assessment of clinical significance, and methods for making and tracking progress towards better health outcomes.

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