Michael C. Freed, Ph.D., EMT-B holds an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is a CSTS Scientist, both at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He primarily works as a Clinical Research Psychologist (Licensed) and Clinical Research Program Director in the Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Freed received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from American University.
Dr. Freed’s research interests are in the areas of health service utilization, program evaluation, and treatment outcome with an emphasis on cost and cost-effectiveness. Currently, he directs a 5-year, $14.7 million Department of Defense funded randomized effectiveness trial being conducted at 6 Army posts (18 clinics) across the country. The trial, Stepped Enhancement of PTSD Services Using Primary Care (STEPS UP), tests several systems-level enhancements to the existing collaborative care model (called RESPECT-Mil) that is used to treat PTSD and depression in nearly 96 Army primary care clinics. Dr. Freed is a co-investigator on other research projects too, all designed to improve early identification of and effective treatment delivery to servicememebers with mental health needs.
Clinically, Dr. Freed has received extensive training in both substance abuse and mental health treatment and assessment. He completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where he targeted his training in the primary care, substance abuse, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) clinics. In the DHCC, he conducts structured diagnostic interviews and facilitates groups for service members with PTSD. Dr. Freed also sees patients as part of his private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Freed is mindful about how research can inform clinical practice and improve patient care.