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Robert D. Friedberg

Palo Alto University
United States of America


Dr. Robert Friedberg’s professional passion is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents, and families. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in applying Aaron T. Beck’s model of cognitive therapy to children. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy-Newport Beach under the mentorship of the noted cognitive therapist, Dr. Christine A. Padesky. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Friedberg joined the staff of Mesa Vista Hospital (MVH) where he was the lead clinical psychologist on the Adult Cognitive Therapy Unit, developed the inpatient CBT program for children and adolescents, and collaborated on the launch of CBT programming in the residential treatment program. While at MVH, he began a successful clinical and research partnership with Raymond A. Fidaleo, M.D. which led to many publications and the formation of the Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego.

Research Interest

Training clinicians for the next generation in behavioral health care with youth; dissemination of empirically based approaches; school mental health; innovative cognitive behavioral treatment/prevention delivery models & systems; collaborative care model


  • Pearl AM, Mahr FM, Friedberg RD (2013) Supervising child psychiatrists in cognitive behavioral therapy. J Cogn Psychother 27: 61-70.

  • Friedberg RD, Brelsford GM (2013) Training methods in cognitive behavioral therapy: Tradition and innovation. J Cogn Psychother 27: 19-29.

  • Friedberg RD, Tabarrah S, Poggesi RM (2013) Presence, immediacy, and transparency in CBT with youth: Carpe the moment. Cogn Behav Ther 6: 1-10.

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