Educational Background:
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
B.S. Denison University, 2005

Andrew J. Freeman, Ph.D.

Are you accepting graduate students for 2016-2017? Yes! I plan to accept one student.

Professional Biography:

Andrew J. Freeman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and director of the Development of Irritability, Mood and Emotions Laboratory (D.I.M.E. Lab) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas .

My research has distinct but overlapping facets:

  • The rate of some diagnoses such as pediatric bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Autism have increased dramatically in recent years. Many question the accuracy of the diagnoses. Therefore, I study how we can improve clinical assessment through developing and disseminating evidence-based assessment techniques.
  • The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents remains difficult and controversial. Due to concerns of over-diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, DSM-5 included a new diagnosis called Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). DMDD is characterized by chronic, severe irritability. Current evidence suggests that DMDD is NOT bipolar disorder. But what is it? A line of my research examines the risk factors and consequences of severe irritability across the lifespan.
  • DMDD, bipolar disorder and unipolar depression are all considered mood disorders. Current evidence-supported treatments for mood disorders are typically difficult to access and/or have unwanted side effects. Each treatment modality has its own set of strengths and weaknesses but they all require access to medical professionals. My lab studies how low-cost sleep-based interventions might improve both sleep and help regulate mood. Mood disorder treatment will not address the unmet public health need unless they become an order of magnitude lower in cost while remaining effective and safe.

  • Dr. Freeman has published scholarly articles in psychology, psychiatry and general medicine publications such as Psychological Assessment, Bipolar Disorders, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Pediatrics. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and provides continuing education. Additionally, Dr. Freeman has received multiple grants to pursue his research interests. He has served as a statistical consultant for multiple NIMH-funded grants in the past. Dr. Freeman is actively seeking funding to expand his research.

    In addition to research, Dr. Freeman also teaches Psy 715: Assessment of Children and Psy 341 Abnormal Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While earning his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Freeman’s undergraduate teaching was recognized many times by both the institution and undergraduate organizations.

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      Las Vegas, NV 89154-5030