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Robert D. Friedberg, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT

Robert Friedberg
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 

(650) 961-9300 x3617 


Core Full Professor 
Director and Research Group Advisor, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth

Faculty Program(s): 

Psy.D. and Ph.D.

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Training clinicians for the next generation in behavioral health care with youth; dissemination of empirically based approaches; school mental health; innovative cognitive behavioral treatment/prevention delivery models & systems; collaborative care model


Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (2005)
Diplomate and Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (1999)
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego (1987)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton (1980)
B.A., cum laude, Psychology, Hiram College (1977)


Dr. Robert Friedberg’s professional passion is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents, and families. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in applying Aaron T. Beck’s model of cognitive therapy to children. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy-Newport Beach under the mentorship of the noted cognitive therapist, Dr. Christine A. Padesky. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Friedberg joined the staff of Mesa Vista Hospital (MVH) where he was the lead clinical psychologist on the Adult Cognitive Therapy Unit, developed the inpatient CBT program for children and adolescents, and collaborated on the launch of CBT programming in the residential treatment program. While at MVH, he began a successful clinical and research partnership with Raymond A. Fidaleo, M.D. which led to many publications and the formation of the Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego.

After leaving MVH in 1992, Dr. Friedberg became the Clinical Director of the Brief Therapy Program (BTP) at Methodist Hospital of Indiana. The BTP was a computer-assisted therapy program which was embedded in an Internal Medicine Clinic. Pursuing interests in integrating clinical practice, training, and research, Friedberg joined the faculty at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP).  From 1994-2003, Friedberg directed the APA-accredited predoctoral internship program and the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth (PANDY) program, receiving the Omintha Petrie Diversity award in 2001 and the teaching excellence award in 2003.

Immediately prior to coming to PAU, Dr. Friedberg was an Associate Professor in the Division of Child Psychiatry, Penn State University Milton Hershey Medical Center/College of Medicine.  At PSU-Hershey, Friedberg built the first Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic which cared for young patients and their families. Moreover, he launched the first Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship Program in division history. He is especially proud to have been awarded the teaching excellence prize twice from the Child Psychiatry Division, as he was the first psychologist to be so honored. In 2005, Dr. Friedberg was invited to be an Extramural Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research where he has remained on training faculty supervising professionals from all over the world.  During the course of his tenure at PSU, he co-authored Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and ArtCognitive Techniques for Children, a follow up from the best-selling and widely adopted Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Busy Child Psychiatrist and other Mental Health Professionals.

Selected Publications: 

Selected Books

Friedberg, R. D., Wilt, L. H., Gorman, A. A., Biuckians, A., & Murray, M. (2011).Teaching child psychiatrists to do cognitive behavioral therapy: Rudiments and rubrics. New York, NY: Routledge Publications. 

Friedberg,R. D., McClure, J. M., & Hillwig-Garcia, J. (2009). Cognitive therapy techniques for children and adolescents: Tools for enhancing practice. New York: Guilford Publications. 

Friedberg,R. D., & McClure, J. M. (2002). Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: The nuts and bolts.  New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Selected Book Chapters

Friedberg, R. D.(In Press). Chasing Janus: Opening perceptual doors and windows through Socratic dialogue with children. In C. A. Padesky & H. Kennerley (Eds.), The Oxford guide to socratic methods in cognitive behavioral therapy. Oxford, England: Oxford University.

Friedberg,R. D., Sullivan, P., Paternostro, J., & Poggesi, R. M. (2013). OCD in pediatric patients: Saying goodbye to Private Butt Nugget and Professor Just Right. In N. Columbus (Ed.), Obsessive-compulsive disorders. New York, NY: Nova Science.

Friedberg, R. D., & Pearl, A. (2013). Intelligence testing and treatment planning with anxious children. In D. McKay & E. Storch (Eds.), Handbook of assessing variants and complexities in anxiety disorders (pp. 77-91). New York, NY: Springer.

Selected Articles

Friedberg, R. D., Thordarson, M. A., Paternostro, J., Sullivan, P., & Tamas, M. (In Press). CBT with youth: Immodest proposals for training the next generation.Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Friedberg, R. D., Hoyman, L. C., Behar, S., Tabbarah, S., Pacholec, N., Keller, M., & Thordarson, M. A. (In Press). We’ve come a long way, baby!: Evolution and revolution in CBT with youth. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

Mahr, F., McLachlan, N., Friedberg, R. D., Mahr, S., & Pearl, A. (In Press). Cognitive-behavioral therapy of a second generation child of Pakistani descent: Ethnocultural and clinical considerations. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Thordarson, M. A., & Friedberg, R. D. (In press).  To Infinity and Beyond: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

Friedberg, R. D., Tabarrah, S., & Poggesi, R. M. (2013). Presence, immediacy, and transparency in CBT with youth: Carpe the moment. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, 6, 1-10.

Friedberg, R. D., & Brelsford, G. M. (2013). Training methods in cognitive behavioral therapy: Tradition and innovation. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27,19-29.

Pearl, A. M., Mahr, F. M., & Friedberg, R. D. (2013). Supervising child psychiatrists in cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27,61-70.

McLachlan, N. & Friedberg, R. D. (2012). Family augmented cognitive behavior therapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy42, 265-270.

Friedberg, R. D., & Brelsford, G. M. (2011). Cognitive therapy with youth: Core principles and session structure.Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 30,369-378. 



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