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Dr. Kenneth Freedland is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology, and the Program Director of the annual NIH/OBSSR Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials. His methodological interests include feasibility and pilot studies and the selection and design of comparators for randomized controlled trials of health-related behavioral interventions. He chaired the NIH/OBSSR Expert Panel on Comparator Group Selection in Behavioral and Social Science Clinical Trials and has published several papers and chapters on comparators and on pilot studies.
He is also the developer of the Purpose-Guided Trial Design (PGTD) framework for behavioral interventions. His clinical research focuses primarily on the role and treatment of depression, stress, anxiety, and self-care in patients with heart disease. He has been involved in clinical research on patients with other chronic medical conditions as well. He was a co-investigator and clinical supervisor for the ENRICHD multicenter trial and has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator of a number of single-site clinical trials, a dual-site trial of stress management for lung transplant candidates, and the CODIACS multicenter vanguard trial of stepped care for depression in patients with coronary heart disease. He has served as the clinical supervisor for the intervention arms of a number of depression treatment trials for patients with chronic medical conditions. He has served on several NIH study sections and NIH and VA special emphasis panels, the Clinical Trials Review Committee for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the DSMBs for several randomized controlled trials. Dr. Freedland was an Associate Editor of Psychosomatic Medicine for over 10 years, chaired the Publications and Communications Council of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, is the Associate Editor for Behavioral Medicine for the Hogrefe series on Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT); a former member of Council of the American Psychosomatic Society; past Chair of the American Heart Association’s Behavior Change Committee; past President and Treasurer of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the founder of the Behavioral Medicine Research Council.
Reference: Freedland KE. Pilot trials in health-related behavioral intervention research: Problems, solutions, and recommendations. Health Psychology 2020 Oct;39(10):851-862. doi: 10.1037/hea0000946. Epub 2020 Jul 2. PMID: 32614197.