FristadMaryProfessor, Psychiatry
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Nutrition
Vice Chair, Research and Academic Affairs

College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Wexner Medical Center

1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Research Lab: Childhood Mood Disorders Lab

Research Goals: The focus of Dr. Fristad's research for the past 30+ years has been to improve the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) in children. Most recently, this has included nutritional interventions in combination with family-based psychosocial treatment.

Research Techniques: Dr. Fristad's lab engages in team science. Their core team includes child/adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists, and trainees that include post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, medical students and undergraduates. Research techniques include structured clinical interviews, self-reports from children and their parents, genetic testing, fatty acid analyses and measures of BDNF, inflammatory markers and other laboratory tests.

Current Research: They recently completed two randomized, controlled trials of omega3 fatty acids (n3) and individual-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (PEP). Main findings from the two trials indicate that PEP, alone and in combination with n3, ameliorates depressive symptoms in children with bipolar disorder and endogenous depression. n3 appears beneficial for reducing manic symptoms and improving executive functioning.

Currently, they are testing a genetic marker that may indicate who is more likely to be responsive to n3 and examining inflammatory markers as possible mechanisms of change in children who improve with n3 and/or PEP.

Active Funding: National Institute of Mental Health, Aetna Foundation, Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership

PubMed articles

MA: Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas
PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas

Editorial Activities:
Editorial Board: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1999-2009
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2003-present
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2010-present
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2011-present

Section Editor:
Special Section: Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children—Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2004, 35(5), pp. 443-484.
Special Section: Bipolar Disorder Across the Lifespan, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2008
Regular Reviewer: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2004-2006

2003-present International Society for Bipolar Disorders
1999-present Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
1999-present APA Division 53, Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
1994-present National Alliance on Mental Illness
1994-present National Alliance on Mental Illness, Ohio
1994-present National Alliance on Mental Illness, Franklin County
1994-present Mental Health America of Franklin County
1990-present International Society for Research in Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
1987-present APA Division 12, Clinical Psychology
1987-1999 Section I, Clinical Child Psychology
1987-present APA Division 37, Child & Youth & Family Services
1987-present APA Division 43, Family Psychology
1987-2012 Ohio Psychological Association
1987-present Mental Health Association of Ohio
1980-present American Psychological Association

2015 Inaugural Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
2014 Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers
2011-2013 Presidential Term. American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
2010 Fellow, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
2010 Fellow, Society for Family Psychology
2008-2013 Presidential Terms (2). Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Division 53, APA)
2007 Fellow, Academy of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
2006 Fellow, Division 12 (Clinical). American Psychological Association
2003-present Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Award. Department of Psychiatry
2003-present Fellow, Child Youth and Family Services. American Psychological Association
2003 Bernie Kuhr "Extra Mile" Award. NAMI - Franklin County
2002 Fellow, American Psychological Association
1998 Fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology

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