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Jennifer B. Freeman Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Jennifer Freeman's research interests are in the area of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. Her particular interests include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), cognitive behavioral family interventions, and developmental psychopathology.  She has an international reputation for work in the treatment of young children with OCD.  Dr. Freeman's current work focuses on the dissemination of cognitive behavioral treatment for pediatric OCD and anxiety in community settings.  Along with the other members of her reserach lab, the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) she is working to examine other novel interventions (i.e., TMS, attention retraining, exercise) that may serve as stand-alone or augmentation treatments for youth with OCD and anxiety.

research statement

As the Director of Research adn Training for the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC), I have established a productive research program in the area of pediatric anxiety treatment, specifically CBT for pediatric OCD. My research activities have included work in the assessment and treatment of young children with OCD, combined treatment (psychosocial and pharmacological) of youth with OCD, and CBT augmentation of partial medication response in youth with OCD.  I am currently the co-PI (along with DPHB and PARC colleague Kristen Benito, PhD) on an NIMH R21/R33 grant to examine a theory-based training method to promote dissemination of CBT for pediatric OCD in the community. This grant has reached all early milestones and we are currently collaborating with Gateway Community Mental Health in our dissemination efforts. We have an NIMH R01 submission based on this pilot work under review as well a planned PCORI submission (January 2017) related to theory-based training and dissemination of CBT to bachelor’s level home based therapists. I am a Co-I on Dr. Benito’s soon to be reviewed NIMH R33 grant which examines neuromodulation in treatment refractory youth with OCD in our Bradley Intensive Treatment program. I serve as a mentor on Dr. Conelea’s K award in the area of integrative neuroscience and behavioral methods to study tic suppression in adolescents. Finally, I am involved in a number of unfunded research projects in our lab including studies of neurocognitive functioning and exposure process in pediatric OCD.

funded research

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

1.  "Treatment of Pediatric OCD"
(University of Pennsylvania, subcontract, funded)
Principal Investigator (Brown site): Henrietta Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator (Brown site): Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $25,000
Project Period: December 1, 2000 to June 1, 2002

3. "A Randomized, Double-Blind Study of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride and Placebo in Pediatric Outpatients with ADHD and Comorbid Tic Disorders"
Eli Lilly and Company
Site Principal Investigator: Henrietta Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $149,331
Project Period: August 2001 to March 2003

4. "Long-Term, Open-Label, Safety Study of Atomoxetine Hydrochloride in Patients, 6 Years and Older with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder"
Eli Lilly and Company (B4Z-MC-LYAI/Site 218)
Principal Investigator: Henrietta Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Project Costs: $146,623
February 1, 2002 to indefinite

5. "Family Based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD"
NIMH R21MH60669, funded
Principal Investigator: Henrietta Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $374,123
Project Period: March 2002 to February 2005 (No cost extension to February 2006)

6."Family Processes in Early Childhood OCD"
Lifespan Junior Faculty Research Grant, funded
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $19,500
Project Period: April 2002 to April 2003

7."Treatment of Pediatric OCD: An Augmentation Study of Partial Responders"
NIMH Collaborative R01MH64188, funded
Principal Investigator (Brown site): Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $1,062,500
Project Period: September 2003 to August 2008 (No cost extension to July 2009)

8. "A Trial of Penicillin Prophylaxis for the PANDAS Subgroup"
(NIMH Intramural professional services contract, funded)
Principal Investigator: Henrietta L. Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Jennifer B. Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Project Costs: $150,000
Project Period: 10/1/03 - 9/30/04

9. "Child Anxiety Disorders: Parenting & Temperament Effects"
(NIMH K23 MH071754, funded)
Principal Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, Ph.D.
Research Psychologist: Jennifer B. Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $ 656,909.

10. "Family Based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD" (NIMH Collaborative R01MH079217, funded)
Principal Investigator: Jennifer B. Freeman, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $925,000 (Brown Site)
Project Period: September 2007 to August 2012

 

11. “CBT for Pediatric OCD: Effective Therapist Behaviors and Community Training Pilot” (NIMH MH096828-01, funded)

Principal Investigator: Jennifer B. Freeman, Ph.D, Kristen Benito, Ph.D.

Total Direct Costs: $896,445

Project Period: 6/5/2012-6/05/2017