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Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Mary Fristad

Dr. Mary Fristad

Dr. Fristad is a 1986 graduate of the University of Kansas clinical psychology program. She completed her clinical child psychology internship at Brown University and is board certified both in clinical psychology and in clinical child and adolescent psychology. She is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Psychology and Nutrition at the Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 1986. Dr. Fristad is the Director of Research and Psychological Services in the OSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which contains inpatient, outpatient and clinical research programs. She also serves as Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health as well as Associate Director for Research at the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Fristad’s area of specialty is childhood mood disorders. She has published over 200 articles and book chapters addressing the assessment and treatment of childhood-onset depression, suicidality and bipolar disorder (manic-depression). Dr. Fristad has written and/or edited several books for professionals and one for families. Dr. Fristad has served on and chaired many NIMH review committees. She has been a member and president of the Executive Board for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53) as well as the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Fristad has chaired the Serious Emotional Disturbance committee of the American Psychological Association Task Force for Serious Mental Illness/Serious Emotional Disturbance and served on the APA Task Force, Psychotropic Medications and Children. She serves on the Board of Directors for four web-based education and support groups for children and families with mood disorders. Dr. Fristad has been the principal or co-principal investigator on over two dozen federal, state, local grants addressing various issues about the assessment and treatment of mood disorders in youth.

Jill S. Goldberg-Arnold, PhD

Dr. Goldberg Arnold did her undergraduate work at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and her graduate work at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She completed her internship with the District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health and her postdoctoral training at the Ohio State University. Dr. Goldberg Arnold was Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University prior to moving to the East Coast.  She has collaborated on both state and federally funded research projects examining the impact of MF-PEP for families of children with mood disorders.  Dr. Goldberg Arnold has multiple publications in the area of childhood mood disorders and co-authored the treatment manual as well as Raising a Moody Child:  How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Currently, Dr. Goldberg Arnold lives and maintains a private practice in the Boston area where she specializes in childhood mood disorders.

Jarrod M. Leffler, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Jarrod Leffler

Dr. Leffler earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in clinical child at St. Louis University and holds a masters degree in community counseling.  Dr. Leffler attended internship with a focus on clinical child/adolescent and pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital, Boston.  He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Ohio State University, where he coordinated the large-scale MF-PEP randomized clinical trial and the IF-PEP case series. Currently, he is involved with the dissemination trial and the adolescent adaptation of MF-PEP and he is a co-author of the treatment manual.  Dr. Leffler has trained and supervised multi-disciplinary mental health professionals to implement and evaluate evidence-based treatment and assessment methods. He has also developed a sustainable clinical and financial strategy for training and providing group therapy in community mental health settings.Dr. Leffler currently is on faculty at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Nicole M. Klaus, PhD

Dr. Nicole Klaus

Dr. Nicole Klaus

Dr. Klaus earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at The Ohio State University, where she worked as a graduate research associate on the large-scale MF-PEP RCT. She completed her internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and adolescent psychology at the University of Michigan Medical School.  Dr. Klaus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She has coauthored several articles and a book chapter on childhood mood disorders and suicidality. Dr. Klaus’ research interests are in extending evidence-based treatments, such as PEP, to underserved populations and evaluating their efficacy. Dr. Klaus has been the principal investigator on a grant to adapt IF-PEP for delivery in a tele-health format for rural families.

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