A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Kimberly R. Freeman, PhD, MSW

Kimberly Freeman

Executive Associate Chair, Social Work and Social Ecology
Program Director, Master of Social Work, Master of Criminal Justice, and Master of Gerontology
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology

Contact Information

Email kfreeman@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7589
Fax 909-379-7594

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Office 201A
Loma Linda University
1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA  92408

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - Loma Linda University, 1999
  • Master of Social Work - Loma Linda University, 2004
  • Trauma Resiliency Model - Certified Trainer
  • Community Resiliency Model - Certified Trainer

Areas of Specialization

  • Child mental health
  • Child trauma
  • Adolescent self-harm

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Licensed Psychologist - State of California, 2001
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Association for Play Therapy

Recent Publications

  • Freeman, K., James, S., Kline, P. K., Mayo, D., Montgomery, S. (2015). Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents engaged in deliberate self-harm: Conceptual and methodological considerations. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, doi:10.1007/s10560-015-0412-6.
  • Freeman, K. & Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Working with children who have experienced trauma: A developmental perspective. In Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models (pp. 66-91). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • James S., Freeman K., Mayo D., Riggs M., Morgan J.P., Schaepper M., Montgomery S.B. (2014). Does insurance matter: Implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy with two groups of youth engaged in deliberate self-harm. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0588-7.
  • Tharayil, P., James, S., Morgan, R. Freeman, K., (2012). Examining outcomes of acute psychiatric hospitalization among children. Social Work in Mental Health, 10, 205-232.

Recent Presentations

  • Herman, S., Freeman, K., Distelberg, B., & James, S. (2016, October). Changes in clinical functioning among adolescents who self-harm with and without a history of psychiatric hospitalization. Paper to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, New York.
  • Herman, S., Freeman, K., Distelberg, B., Mayo, D., & James, S. (2016, September). Gender differences in treatment outcomes using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat self-harming adolescents. Poster to be presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.
  • Freeman, K., Buckles, B., Heredia-Miller, F., & Miller-Karas, E. (2015, October). Community resiliency training for Filipino social workers and volunteers following typhoon Yolanda. Paper submitted for presentation at the meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, Colorado.
  • James, S., Smith, A., Freeman, K. & Morgan, J. (2015, January). Changes in clinical functioning among adolescents engaged in deliberate self-harm. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Klein, K.P., Ballinger, R., & Freeman, K. (2014, October). The effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents on reducing negative emotions, self-harming urges and self-harming behaviors: A pilot study. Poster presented at the meeting of the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, K.S.
  • Ballinger, R.E., Gill, S., & Freeman, K.R. (2014, August). A pilot study of a DBT-A stage 2 group for adolescents who self-harm. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Ballinger, R.E., Lavian, M., & Freeman, K.R. (2014, August). Multi-clinic collaboration for a two-stage DBT-A program for adolescents who self-harm. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • South, L., & Freeman, K., Neece, C., & Fuentes, J. (2014, May). Mothers’ beliefs about stability and improvement of autism vs. behaviors. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Buckles, B., Freeman, K., Miller-Karas, E. (2013, October). Mentoring civil war survivors toward community resiliency and recovery from trauma. Paper presented at the 59th Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Global Social Work, Dallas. Texas.
  • James, S., Smith, A., Mayo, D., Morgan, J.P. & Freeman, K.R. (2013, July). Changes in clinical functioning among adolescents with nonsuicidal self-injury in DBT. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Freeman, K.R., James, S., Gill, S. & Kothari, P.D. (2013, July). Psychosocial outcomes of adolescents with nonsuicidal self-injury following DBT treatment. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gill, S., Smith, A., Silber, B., James, S., & Freeman, K.R. (2013, July). The relationship between parent-child attachment and distress in adolescents who self-injure. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Lavian, M., Mayo, D., Silber, B.J., Freeman, K.R., & James, S. (2013, July). Factors influencing NSSI behaviors in adolescents. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Mayo, D., Holness, A., Freeman, K.R., James, S., Morgan, J.P., & Montgomery, S. (2013, July). Case study: A profile of adolescent males and females with nonsuicidal self-injury. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Ball L, Jackson S, Morgan J, Freeman K, Rivera J, Montgomery SB, & James S. (2013, July). Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center’s Shield Program. Poster session presented at he DBT Intensive Training Course: Behavioral Tech LLC, San Francisco, CA.
  • Smith, A., Gill, S., Lavian, M., James, S., & Freeman, K. (2012, October). The effectiveness of DBT on self-perception of executive functioning in adolescents. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.
  • James, S., Freeman, K., Mayo, D., Morgan, J., Schaepper, M.A. & Montgomery, S.B. (2012, September). Does insurance matter? A comparison of DBT utilization and effectiveness for adolescents with nonsuicidal self-injury. Paper presented at the 2nd International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Community Engagement

  • Loma Linda University International Behavioral Health Trauma Team (2004-present)
  • San Bernardino County ACEs Steering Committee, Member (2016-present)
  • National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, National Trainer and Child Development Committee Member (2003-2010)
  • California Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Trainer and Task-Force Member (2003-2010)
  • Substance Abuse Strategic Planning Council of San Bernardino County, Member (2004-2008)
  • Hospice of the Valleys, Executive Board Member/Secretary and Board Member (2003-2005)