Commencement Speaker - 2016
Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., Sc.D,. ABPP

Emeritus Professor PCOM Department of Psychology

Dr. Arthur (Art) Freeman is Professor and the founding Chair of the PCOM Department of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist world-renowned expert in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Author of the top-selling popular books, Woulda, Coulda, Shouda: Overcoming Mistakes and Missed Opportunities, and The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make: And How to Avoid Them, as well as over 75 professional books, text books and DVDs, Dr. Freeman is in demand as an educator, speaker, consultant, and therapist. He has lectured in 40 countries at workshops, institutes, hospitals, universities, and at international meetings.

Dr. Freeman’s work has been translated from English into 15 other languages. In his 30+ years of practice, much of Dr. Freeman’s success as both an educator and therapist has been attributed to his vast knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic relationship and the nature of therapeutic change. His results-driven approach has allowed him to work with a broad range of individuals and with a broad range of psychological and life problems.

After completing his doctoral work at Teacher's College, Columbia University, Dr. Freeman studied with Albert Ellis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Aaron T. Beck.   In 1994, Dr. Freeman established the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM, and over the ten years under his leadership, the Department grew to offer the doctorate in clinical and school psychology, masters programs in counseling/clinical health psychology, organizational development and leadershp, and school psychology, with educational specialist-level programs for school psychology certification, and a wide variety of professional development seminars. Arthur Freeman built a department that is an exemplar of intellectual activity through research, teaching and publication.

Dr. Freeman holds diplomates in clinical psychology, family psychology and behavioral psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, a diplomate in Adlerian psychology, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the Academy of Family Psychology. He is a distinguished founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a former president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the International Association for Cognitive Psychology. Dr. Freeman has lectured in 24 countries during the past 20 years.  

Dr. Arthur Freeman has retired from the Chairmanship 2004 and continued to contribute to PCOM's psychology programs through teaching and mentorship of our students. We are pleased to elect him today to Professor Emeritus and bestow upon him the honorary Doctor of Laws.