Dr. Kurt A. Freeman receives endowed professorship

Kurt A. Freeman, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, and director of the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD), was appointed Oct. 31 as the recipient of the Fred Fax Professorship for Pediatric Excellence.

School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, M.D., presided over an investiture attended by Dr. Freeman, OHSU leaders and faculty, and members of the OHSU Foundation.

Dr. Freeman completed his doctorate in clinical child psychology at West Virginia University. He is a licensed psychologist board certified in child and adolescent psychology. His career has been devoted to improving the lives of youth with and without disabilities and special health needs through clinical care, scholarship and educational leadership.

Dr. Freeman’s clinical and research expertise addresses behavioral health issues of youth, ranging from common child-rearing challenges to severe behavioral difficulties.

As the IDD director, he now helps shape the clinical, scholarship, education, public health and advocacy efforts of a team of approximately 100 faculty and an additional 100 staff.

Alice K. and Fred Fax made their first gift to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in 1991. The Fred Fax Professorship for Pediatric Excellence follows the legacy of his wife’s estate, which includes the Alice K. Fax Professorship in Pediatric Intensive Care, established in 2006.

  • Pictured top: Michael Harris, Ph.D., Chief Pediatric Psychology giving a tribute to Dr. Feeman.
  • (left to right) Sharon Anderson, M.D., Dean School of Medicine; Kurt A. Freeman Ph.D., ABPP; Elena Andresen, Ph.D., provost and Dana Braner, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Photos courtesy OHSU Foundation