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Kenneth E. 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)
Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2016)
Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (2017)
Editor-in-Chief, Health Psychology 2017-2023
Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2018)

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
Carney RM, Freedland KE, Steinmeyer BC, Rubin EH, Rich MW, (2018 May). Residual Symptoms After Treatment for Depression in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease. Psychosom Med. 80(4): 385-392.  Full Article ->

Carney RM, Freedland KE, (2017 Mar). Depression and coronary heart disease. Nat Rev Cardiol. 14(3): 145-155.  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, Hesseler MJ, Carney RM, Steinmeyer BC, Skala JA, Dávila-Román VG, Rich MW. Major Depression and Long-Term Survival of Patients With Heart Failure. Psychosom Med. 2016;78(8):896-903.  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. 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. 2014;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;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