Dr. Freeman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division Psychiatry at UCLA, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Co-director of the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPHP). She received her Ph.D in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Special Education. Her current research areas include targeting core deficits and intervention, best-practice interdisciplinary interventions, and play/social skills development.
As an elementary school teacher, she worked with children with exceptional needs, designing individualized curricula and behavioral plans. In graduate school, Dr. Freeman conducted assessments in a clinical environment, establishing expertise in cognitive, academic, language, and adaptive behavior instruments for children ages 2 to 18. Early research interests included social (peers and friendship) and emotional (recognition, empathy, and problem-solving) development. During a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship, she coordinated and carried out research-based intervention services for preschool children with autism.
Dr. Freeman directs the day-to-day activities of ECPHP staff and coordinates the evaluation, treatment, and development of appropriate multidisciplinary programs for school-aged and severely impaired children with autism. She assists parents in developing appropriate educational programs and school-based modifications, behavior education and training, and cognitive and social/emotional/play development.