Mary Fristad

Mary Fristad, PhD

  • Psychology
  • Psychologist What's this? A psychologist is extensively trained to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health illnesses. They are licensed to provide a number of service, including evaluations, therapy and other evidence-based treatments. A common type of treatment is talk therapy (sometimes called cognitive behavioral therapy), but there are many types of therapy styles.

Appointments: (614) 293-9600

About Me

As a psychologist, I focus on youth with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. In today’s society, mental disorders are still highly stigmatized, yet their impact can be very real and painful for those who have them. Mental illness can be as severe and limiting as any physical disorder, if not more so. I’ve found this to be especially true for our youth who are already adjusting and adapting to different life changes.

My research focuses on innovative assessment and treatment strategies to effectively restore a child’s mental health in the context of his or her family. I strongly believe that comprehensive assessments lead to treatment plans that can be tailored to each child’s unique needs.

Here at The Ohio State University our clinical research is changing how care is provided at the national level. I’m impressed with how adeptly our trainees move forward while bringing our mission of excellence to others.

In my free time I enjoy facilitating the music group at my church and relaxing with my family. I also enjoy being outdoors and traveling, when I am able.


  • Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, 2014
  • Served two Presidential Terms for Division 53 of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, APA, 2008 - 2013
  • Presidential Term, American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2011 - 2013

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry

More About My Work

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Fristad has reported no relationships with companies or entities.