FristadMaryProfessor, Psychiatry
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Nutrition

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

1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

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.

Research Lab  PubMed articles

Active Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Aetna Foundation
  • Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership


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

Professional Memberships

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

Honors and News

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

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