Kurt Freeman, Ph.D.

Kurt Freeman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics
OHSU Department of Psychiatry


Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1999

Dr. Freeman joined the faculty at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) in 2002. He serves as the Director of the Neurobehavioral Clinic, coordinator of the Behavioral Pediatrics Treatment Service, and Director of Clinical Training (Interim) for the Division of Psychology. He provides psychological services to children and their families, primarily focused on childhood behavioral challenges. His research and clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of common childhood difficulties and severe behavior problems. Specifically, he is interested in behavioral pediatrics (e.g., elimination disorders, medication non-adherence, bedtime difficulties, feeding problems, tantrums), parenting/behavioral parent training, functional assessment of severe behavior problems and the link between functional assessment and effective treatment, and behavioral phenotyping of metabolic and genetic disorders.

Dr. Freeman is involved in a variety of training activities. He provides direct assessment and/or treatment supervision to psychology practicum students, psychology interns participating in the APA-accredited internship, and post-doctoral psychology fellows. He also provides didactic instruction on parenting and behavior management to medical residents. Finally, he regularly provides training to community service providers through the CDRC's outreach program, Community Connections.

Dr. Freeman is on the editorial boards of professional journals including Behavior Modification, Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal and Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities. Further, he served as a guest editor of the Behavior Modification Special Issue: Adolescent Conduct Problems (2004).


Preferred Method of Contact:
e-mail: freemaku@ohsu.edu

Currrent Extramurally Funded Research:
Examples of Dr. Freeman's current research projects include:

  • Parenting children with chronic medical illnesses: Assessment of discipline mistakes.
  • Further investigation of the discriminate validity of the Parent Scale to identify dysfunctional parenting practices
  • Reliability and validity analysis of the Parental Anger Inventory
  • Acceptability of treatments for childhood encopresis
  • Treating bedtime resistance with the Bedtime Pass: A systematic replication and component analysis with 3-year-olds
  • Establishing the behavioral phenotype of Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome: Comparison of aberrant behavior with other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Intellectual and adaptive behavior functioning of patients with atypical onset Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration.

CDRC Psychologist
Behavioral Health/Health Psychology
Medical Illnesses
Psychotherapy - CBT