Kurt Freeman, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University UCEDD
Institute on Development & Disability
Oregon Health & Science University
707 SW Gaines St.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-0360
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 04, 2021

Kurt Freeman

Leadership Administrative Staff: Director of Institute on Development and Disability
Discipline(s): Psychology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Behavioral assessment and treatment
Behavioral phenotyping
Spina Bifida
Elimination Disorders
Psychosocial Issues and Diabetes
Education: Ph.D. West Virginia University
Service: Associate Chair, Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association
Member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology
Vice-Chair, Oregon Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (2013-2015)


Dr. Freeman joined the faculty in 2002. His clinical and research interests are primarily in areas related to common and severe behavior problems in children and adolescents. Specifically, he is interested integrated beahvioral health care and behavioral pediatrics which addresses the well child gap between general pediatric care and mental health services (e.g., enuresis, encopresis, medication non-adherence), pediatric sleep and bedtime problems disturbances, parenting/behavioral parent training, functional assessment of severe behavior problems, and behavioral phenotyping of metabolic and genetic disorders.

Dr. Freeman is involved in several ongoing, grant-funded research projects as a collaborating researcher, and directs his own research as well. He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited books and has made numerous presentations at national conferences. In addition to pursuing his own research, Dr. Freeman serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Behavior Modification.

Dr. Freeman has served as the Director of Training for the Division of Psychology since 2005. As such, he oversees the APA-accredited doctoral internship program, the flagship of the division's training endeavors. Further, he provides administrative oversight to the post-doctoral residency and graduate student practicum training programs. He provides direct clinical supervision to interns and post-doctoral fellows, emphasizing training in integration of behavioral health services into primary care and behavioral pediatrics.

Sample Recent Publications

  • 1.     Eroglu, Y., Nguyen-Driver, M., Steiner, R. D., Merkens, L., Merkens, M., Roullet, J. B. Elias, E., Sarphare, G., Porter, F. D., Li, Chumei, Tierney, E., Nowaczyk, M., & Freeman, K. A. (2017). Normal IQ is possible in Smith-Lemli-Optiz Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 9999, 1-4.

    2.     Riley, A. R., Wagner, D. V., Tudor, M. E., Zuckerman, K. E., & Freeman, K. A. (2017). A survey of parents' perceptions and utilization of time-out in comparison to empirical evidence. Academic Pediatrics, 17, 168-175.

    3.     Freeman, K. A., Olufs, E., Tudor, M. E., Roullet, J. B., & Steiner, R. D. (2016). A pilot study of the association of markers of cholesterol synthesis with disturbed sleep in Smith-Lemli-Optiz Syndrome. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 37, 424-430.

    4.     Duke, D. C., Wagner, D. V., Ulrich, J., Freeman, K. A., & Harris, M. A. (2016). Videoconferencing for Teens with Diabetes: Family Matters. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 10, 816-823.

    5.     Smith, K. A., Neville-Jan, A., Freeman, K. A., et al. (2016). The effectiveness of bowel and bladder interventions in children with spina bifida. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 58, 979-988.

    6.     Riley, A.R., Freeman, K.A., & Marshall, S. (2016) Dissemination of Evidence-Based Behavioral Advice via Video in Pediatric Primary Care: An Acceptance and Utilization Study. Clinical Pediatrics, 55(2), 122-128.

    7.     Boshkoff, E.A, Wilson, A.C., Harris, M.A., & Freeman, K.A. (2015). Training interns to tackle the toughest cases in pediatric psychology: Complex healthcare systems. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 212-217.

    8.     Harris, M.A, Freeman, K.A., & Duke, D. C. (2015). Seeing is believing: Using Skype to improve diabetes outcomes in youth. Diabetes Care, 38, 1427-1434.

    9.     Riley, A.R., Duke, D.C., Freeman, K.A., Hood, K.K., & Harris, M.A. (2015). Depressive symptoms in a trial of Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Diabetes: A post hoc analysis of change. Diabetes Care, 38, 1435-1440.