Associate Director of Clinical Training, Director of Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, California


Robert D. Friedberg obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology –San Diego and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy-Newport Beach under the direction of Dr. Christine Padesky. He was the lead psychologist on the Cognitive Therapy Unit at Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego which was the first inpatient cognitive therapy unit west of the Mississippi River where he worked with Dr. Raymond A Fidaleo. Friedberg then spent 9 and half years at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology where he served as Director of Internship Training and directed the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth Program. Following his time at Wright State, he joined the faculty of Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center where he directed the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents and the Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program from 2003-2011. In 2005, he was an Extra-Mural Scholar at the Beck Institute for CBT where he trained with Drs. Aaron.T. Beck,, Judith S. Beck, and Leslie Sokol. Currently, he is a tenured Full Professor and Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of eight books including the best selling Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015 with Jessica McClure) and Cognitive Therapy Techniques with Children and Adolescents (with Jessica McClure and Jolene Garcia) as well as many journal articles, book chapters, and national/international presentations.

Research Interest

Anxiety and Depression in Youth Program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents

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