Deborah Friedman Ph.D.


Dr. Deborah Friedman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2005 and then completed a two-year NIMH-funded clinical research fellowship in pediatric health psychology at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a staff psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an assistant professor of psychology (psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman has expertise in pediatric behavioral medicine and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She provides outpatient care within the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, and to children, adolescents, and adults with CF as a member of the MGH Pediatric and Adult CF Program's interdisciplinary team. Dr. Friedman's research, which has been funded by CFFT and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focuses on developing mental health and palliative care interventions that can be integrated into CF care. She has authored a CF-specific CBT-based intervention for the prevention of depression and anxiety in adults coping with CF (CF-CBT), and co-leads a multi-center randomized controlled trial of this intervention. Dr. Friedman also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.