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Mary A Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University
Dr. Fristad is a 1986 graduate of the University of Kansas clinical psychology program. She completed her clinical child psychology internship at Brown University and is board certified both in clinical psychology and in clinical child and adolescent psychology. She is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 1986. Dr. Fristad is the Director of Research and Psychological Services in the OSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She directs the child psychometric laboratory and supervises assessment and treatment services to the inpatient, day treatment and outpatient programs.

Dr. Fristad’s area of specialty is childhood mood disorders. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters addressing the assessment and treatment of childhood-onset depression, suicidality and bipolar disorder (manic-depression). Dr. Fristad recently edited the Handbook of Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents. She has also written a book for families entitled Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Fristad has served on multiple NIMH review committees. She has been a member of the Executive Board for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53) and has chaired the Serious Emotional Disturbance committee of the American Psychological Association Task Force for Serious Mental Illness/Serious Emotional Disturbance.

Dr. Fristad has been the principal or co-principal investigator on over a dozen federal, state, local grants. Recently, she been awarded a 5-year NIMH grant to investigate the efficacy of Multi-Family Psychoeducation Groups in treating childhood mood disorders and a 2-year grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to investigate the efficacy of Individual Family Psychoeducation in treating early-onset bipolar disorder.