Stacy R Freiheit

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Memorial Hall 326A
CB 101

Stacy R Freiheit

Associate Professor

Stacy Freiheit, Ph.D., L.P., is a clinical psychologist who teaches abnormal psychology, counseling psychology, research methods and statistics, and introductory psychology in the undergraduate department of psychology. She believes it is important for students to apply their classroom learning to real world situations through service learning opportunities and faculty-student research. She coordinates the Clinical Psychology Concentration, and she is committed to preparing the next generation of mental health care providers.

Interested in the dynamic interplay between science and clinical practice, Stacy’s primary research focus is the examination of evidence-based practice among mental health care practitioners. She also conducts research that examines the relationship between religious coping and mood. Through one-on-one research advising with students, Stacy shares her enthusiasm for research and helps students develop skills that will help them succeed in the future.

Stacy also maintains a small private practice where she specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders.


  • Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A. Case Western Reserve University
  • B.A. University of Central Florida

Selected Scholarship

Recent publications

van Ingen, D., Freiheit, S., & Vye, C. (2009). From the lab to the clinic: A review of effectiveness studies of cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 69-74.

Freiheit, S., Sonstegard, K., Schmitt, A., & Vye, C. (2006). Religiosity and spirituality: A psychometric evaluation of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith questionnaire. Pastoral Psychology, 55, 27-33.

Freiheit, S., Vye, C., Swan, R., & Cady, M. (February 2004). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety: Is dissemination working? Behavior Therapist, 27, 25-32.

Recent presentations

Freiheit, S., & Yussuf, D. (August 2011). The relationship between religious coping, rumination, and depressed mood. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.

Freiheit, S. (August 2010). Education about gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients: A survey of graduate students. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, CA.

Freiheit, S., & Praska, D. (August 2010). Do psychologists use evidence-based practices to help children with OCD? Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, CA.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

Primary Research Interests

  • Evidence-based practices for anxiety disorders
  • Exposure therapies
  • Religious coping and mood

Professional Society Memberships

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Clinical Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology