Mary Fristad

Professor of Psychology, jointly w/Psychiatry; Clinical Area

Mary Fristad

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 614-293-4572
Topics: Mood Disorders in Children, Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Professor, 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 DriveColumbus, OH 43210, 614-293-4572,

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

Education: 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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