Jennifer B. Freeman, PhD

Director of Research and Training, Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic, Bradley Hospital

Jennifer Freeman, PhD, is the director of research and training at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) at Bradley Hospital. She is also associate professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Freeman received her BA from Wesleyan University and completed her doctoral training at the State University of New York at Buffalo, completed a predoctoral internship at the Brown University clinical psychology training program, and was a postdoctoral fellow in child and pediatric psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Her research interests are in the area of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. Freeman's particular interests include OCD, cognitive behavioral family interventions, and developmental psychopathology. Her current research focuses on dissemination of treatment and training programs for treatment providers in the area of exposure therapy. 

Dr. Freeman was the principal investigator (PI) on an NIMH-funded multisite trial of exposure-based treatment for young children with OCD, site PI or Co-I on a number of past treatment trials for childhood OCD, and currently an MPI on an NIMH funded R21/R33.



Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services for Children and Teens, Bradley Hospital
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI 02915


  • Post Graduate:  State Universtiy of New York, Buffalo
  • Internship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Fellowship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Selected publications

  • Lehmkuhl, H. D., Storch, E. A., Rahman, O., Freeman, J., Geffken, G., & Murphy, T. (2009). Just say no: Sequential parent management and cognitive behavioral-therapy for a child with comorbid disruptive behaviors and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 8, 48-58.
  • Freeman, J., Choate-Summers, M., Garcia, A., Moore, P., Sapyta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., Foa, E., and Franklin, M. (2009). The Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment Study II: Rationale, Design and Methods. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3 ArtID 4.
  • Flessner, C., Berman, N., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Leonard, H. (2009). Symptom Profiles in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Effects of Comorbid Grooming Conditions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 753-759.
  • Flessner, C.A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Sapyta, J. (2010). Neuropsychological functioning in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Depression and Anxiety, 27(4), 365-371.
  • Garcia, A.M., Sapyta, J., Moore, P.S., Freeman, J., Franklin, M., March, J.S., Foa, E.B. (2010). Predictors of treatment outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study,Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(10), 1024-1033.
  • Franklin, M.E., Edson, A.L., & Freeman, J.B. (2010). Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania: Exploring the Effects of Age on Treatment Outcome. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 4:18.
  • Flessner, C.A., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., and March, J. (2011). Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent Report (FAS-PR). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.
  • Freeman, J.B., Flessner, C.A., Garcia, A.M. (in press) The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale: Reliability and Validity for Use Among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
  • Flessner, C. A., Freeman, J. B., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Franklin, M. E., March, J et al. (in press). Predictors of Accommodation in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Findings from the POTS trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Freeman, J.B., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Fitzgerald, D., Khanna, M., Choate-Summers, M., Moore, P., Chrisman, A., Haff, N., Naeem, A., March, J., and Franklin, M. (in press). Still Struggling: Characteristics of Youth with OCD who are Partial Responders to Medication Treatment. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.