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Marilyn Freimuth
Marilyn Freimuth, PhD
Program Director for Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Faculty - School of Psychology
De Pere, WI

PhD, Psychology
Clark University (APA Approved), 1980
MA, Psychology, Clark University, 1976
BA, Psychology & Humanities
University of Minnesota, 1973

Areas of Instruction:

  • Addiction Assessment
  • Phases of Change
  • Provider-Patient Relationships
  • Co-occuring Disorders
  • Addiction Treatment Within the Context of Psychotherapy
  • Thinking About Theories: Finding Your Clinical Orientation

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

Research Interests:
  • Facilitating Addiction Recognition in Mental Health Care and Health Care Settings
  • Integration of Addiction Treatment and Psychotherapy Factors
  • Motivating Addictive Behaviors
Practice Interests:
  • Individual and Couples Psychotherapy
  • Supervision
  • Addiction Assessment

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association (1, 29, 50)

Honors and Awards:

  • 1982: Study Grant, Mellon Foundation
  • 1978-1979: Yale University Psychology Fellow
  • 1974-1978: Graduate Fellowship, Clark University
  • 1972: Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota


  • Freimuth, M., Moniz, S., & Kim, S. (2011). Clarifying exercise addiction: Differential diagnosis, co-occurring disorders, and phases of addiction.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8, 3399-3415. doi:10.3390/ijerph8083399.
  • Freimuth, M. (2010). The “new look” in addiction assessment: Implications for medical education. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, 16, 30-39.
  • Freimuth, M. (2008). Another missed opportunity: Recognition of alcohol use problems by mental health providers. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45, 405-409. Brief of this article presented in Clinician’s Research Digest (2009). Don’t ask, Don’t’ Tell, 27, 1.
  • Freimuth, M., Waddell, M., Stannard, J. Kelley, S., Kipper, A., Richardson, A., Szuromi, I.  (2008). Expanding the scope of dual diagnosis and co-addictions: Behavioral addictions. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 3-4, 137-160.
  • Freimuth, M. (2008, 1999). A self-scoring exercise on APA style and research Language. Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology Online. 
  • Freimuth, M. (2007) Routine Screenings: Expanding Psychologists’ Role In Preventing Substance Use Disorders, The Addictions Newsletter, 14, 14-15.
  • Freimuth, M. (2003). The unseen diagnosis: Addiction assessment Psychotherapy Bulletin, 37, 38-42.
  • Freimuth, M. (2002). The unseen diagnosis: Substance use disorder. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 37, 26-30.
  • Freimuth, M. (2000). The conjoint model for working with psychotherapy patients in 12-step programs. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 50, 297-314.
  • Hansen, N. E., & Freimuth, M.J. (1997). Piecing the puzzle together: A model for understanding the theory-practice relationship. The Counseling Psychologist, 25, 654-673.
  • Freimuth, M. (1996). Combining psychotherapy and psychopharmacology: With and without prescription privileges. Psychotherapy, 33, 474-478.
  • Freimuth, M. (1996). Psychotherapists' beliefs about the benefits of 12-step groups. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 14, 95-102.
  • Freimuth, M. (1995). Integrating psychotherapy and 12-step programs. The Addictions Newsletter, 3, 19-20.
  • Freimuth, M. (1994). Psychotherapy and 12-step programs: A commentary on Humphreys. Psychotherapy, 31(3), 551-553.
  • Freimuth, M. (1992). Is the best always preferred? American Psychologist, 47, 673-674.
  • Hornstein, G. &, Freimuth, M. (1982). A critical examination of the concept of gender. Sex Roles: A Journal of Psychology, 8, 515-532. Reprinted in Rodriguez, C.P. (2000). Bisexuality in the United States: A social science reader (pp. 61-77). New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 61-77.
  • Freimuth, M. J., & Wapner, S. (1981). The influence of lateral organization on the evaluation paintings. British Journal of Psychology, 72, 211-218.
  • Freimuth, M. J., & Wapner, S. (1981). Preference for lateral organization or orientation? A reply to Gordon. British Journal of Psychology, 72, 321-322.
  • Bibace, R., Crider, C., Demick, J., & Freimuth, M. J. (1979). The clinician's "world of action" as an approach to teaching abnormal psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 6, 152-155.


  • 2011: Behavioral Addictions: Disease or Choice. Medicine and Humanities Consultation: Grand Rounds and Workshop. Texas A&M’s Scott and White Hospital. Temple TX.
  • 2010: Addiction as a continuum disorders: Implications for Treatment. Invited Speaker. Cambridge Health Alliance CE program, Boston, MA.
  • 2010: Assessment of Behavioral Addictions.  On-line CE presentation sponsored by APA Division 50.
  • 2010: Behavioral Addictions: Assessment and Treatment Initiation in Mental Health Settings. Princeton House CE. Princeton, NJ.
  • 2010: Recognizing and Initiating Treatment of Behavioral Addiction in Mental Health Settings. Full day workshop funded by Kaiser-Permanente. San Diego, CA.
  • 2009: Dealing with Unseen Addictions: Assessment and Change in Ongoing Psychotherapy, APA Clinician’s Corner CE presentation, Wash DC.
  • 2009: Initiating Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations. Mary Marlatt Director. North County Mental Health Association, Petosky MI.
  • 2009: The “New Look” in Addiction Assessment and Brief Intervention. Invited Plenary Address, 39th Annual Meeting: Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education. Santa Fe, NM.
  • 2008: Recognizing and Initiating Treatment of Addictions in a Mental Health Setting, CE Program American Psychological Meetings, Boston, Mass.
  • 2008: What mental health providers need to know about addictions. Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.
  • 2007: Addiction Assessment within the Context of Psychotherapy, Steinway Child and Family Services, Queens, NY.
  • 2005: Freimuth, M. and the Addiction Research Group. The missed diagnosis: Alcoholism. Fielding Graduate University.
  • 1993-2003: Freimuth, M. Assessing addictions and initiating treatment. CE Program, Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 1999: Addictions: Assessment and Initiating Treatment, New York University Medical Center.

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • 2003-2004: Faculty Research Grant, The Under Diagnosis of Addiction. Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, $5,000.
  • 2000-2001: Faculty Research Grant, The Under Diagnosis of Addiction, Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, $5,784.

Professional Experience:

  • Doctoral Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.
  • Chair, Personnel and Finance Committee, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2011-present: Ad hoc Reviewer, Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education.
  • 2007-present: Consultant and trainer, Brookdale Center on Health Aging and Longevity: Hunter College, NY, NY. Teach protective service workers across NY state about: a) mental health and addiction assessment, b) working with a dually diagnosed population, and c) facilitating change.
  • 2005-present: Editorial board, Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.
  • 2005-present: Ad hoc Reviewer, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
  • 2004-present: Ad Hoc Editor, Addictive Behaviors.
  • 1980-present: Psychologist, Private Practice (part time).
  • 2008: Curriculum development in mental health and addictions funded by New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  • 2008: Editor special issue on co-occurring disorders of Journal of Group in Addiction & Recovery, 3-4.
  • 2001-2004: Health Advisory Board member for Bedford Central School District.
  • 1999-2004: Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training Ad hoc Reviewer.
  • 1998-2004: Health Advisory Board Member, Bedford Central School District, Bedford, NY.
  • 1994-2004: Editorial Consultant, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
  • 2001: Field Reviewer Group Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse TIP.
  • 2001: TIPS (Treatment Improvement Protocol Series) Consensus Panel member for Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy TIP sponsored by CSAT.
  • 1980-1986: Professor, Sarah Lawrence College, Psychology.
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