Kenneth Freedland

Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Associate Director, Behavioral Medicine Center

Education & Training


  • PhD: Clinical Psychology: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 1982
  • MA: Clinical Psychology: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 1979
  • BS: Psychology: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1975

Major Awards


  • Editor-in-Chief, Health Psychology, 2017-2023,
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2018
  • Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2016
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2010
  • President, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2008, 2009

Areas of Clinical Interest


Depression, stress, and self-care of heart disease
Behavioral trial methodology

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


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Funded Research Projects


5R01HL131524-04 Stepped Care for Depression in Heart Failure