Researchers' Profiles

Thomas Freese, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Thomas E. Freese (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, 1995) is currently the Director of Training for UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Pacific Southwest Addictions Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC). Dr. Freese was recently awarded supplemental funding to the PSATTC to develop a Center of Excellence on Racial/ Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations. Dr. Freese has served as Principal Investigator on training projects funded by the SAMHSA, the California Department of Health Care Services and various county agencies and foundations. He has conducted trainings on a wide variety of topics including implementing integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), medication assisted treatment, and common medical issues in patients with substance use disorders, and culturally responsive treatment for LGBT clients. Dr. Freese has been a featured presenter at conferences and meetings nationally and internationally. He has worked in the addiction field since 1983, and has developed and conducted trainings in 46 US states and internationally.

  • Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, B.A., Psychology, 1987
  • California School of Prof. Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, Ph.D., Clinical Pschology, 1995
  • Training/Technology Transfer
  • Methamphetamine
  • Adolescence
  • Behavioral Treatments
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Treatment
  1. Freese, T.E., Rutkowski, B.A., Cohen, L., Lee, J.D., Rieckmann, T., Sharpe Potter, J., Smith Connery, H., & Weiss, R.  (2011).  Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study: Findings and Strategies from a NIDA Clinical Trials Network Study.  Trainers Manual and PowerPoint Presentation.}
  2. Rutkowski, B.A., Gallon, S., Rawson, R.A., Freese, T.E., Bruehl, A., Crèvecoeur-MacPail, D., Sugita, W., Molfenter, T., & Cotter, F.  (2010).  Improving client engagement and retention in treatment: The Los Angeles County experience.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 78-86.
  3. Tomás-Rosselló, J., Rawson, R.A., Zarza, M.J., Bellows, A., Busse, A., Saenz, E., Freese, T.E. Shawkey, M., Carise, D., Ali, R., & Ling, W.  (2010).  United National Office on Drugs and Crime International Network on Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation, Treatnet.  Substance Abuse, 31, 251-263.
  4. Martino, A., Brigham, G.S., Higgins, C., Gallon, S., Freese, T.E., Albirght, L.M., Hulsey, E.G., Krom, L., Storti, S.A., Perl, H., Nugent, C.D., Pintello, D., & Condon, T.P.  (2010).  Partnerships and Pathways of dissemination:  the National Institute on Drug Abuse—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Blending Initiative in the Clinical Trials Network.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, S31-S43.
  5. Ling, W., Jacobs, P., Hillhouse, M., Hasson, A., Thomas, C., Freese, T., Sparenborg, S., McCarty, D., Weiss, R., Saxon, A., Cohen, A., Straus, M., Brigham, G., McLaughlin, P., & Tai, B.  (2010).  From research to the real world:  Buprenorphine in the decade of the Clinical Trials Network.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, S53-S60.
  6. Freese, T.E., Bogenschutz, M., Durham, T., McNicholas, M., Rutkowski, B., Storti, S., Subramaniam, G., & Waters, P.  (2009).  Buprenorphine Treatment for Young Adults:  Findings and Strategies from a NIDA Clinical Trials Network Study.  Trainers Manual and Powerpoint Presentation.}
  7. Freese, T.E., Brigham, G.S., Finnerty, B., Gresham-Morrison, K., Harrer, J.M., McCarty, D. & Storti, S.A. (2006). Short term opioid withdrawal using buprenorphine. Trainers Manual and Powerpoint presentation available at http:/www/}
  8. Shoptaw, S., Reback, C.J., Peck, J.A., Yang, X., Rogheram-Fuller, E., Larkins, S., Veniegas, R.C., Freese, T.E., & Hucks-Ortiz, C. (2005). Behavioral treatment approaches for methamphetamine dependence and HIV-related sexual risk behaviors among urban gay and bisexual men. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 78, 125-34.
  9. Freese, T.E., Amass, L., Brigham, G.S., Clare, G., Dixon, G., Finnerty, B., Strain, E., Martin, J., McCann, M.J., Obert, J.L., & Wesson, D. (2005). Buprenorphine Treatment: Training for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals. Trainers Manual and Powerpoint presentation available at http:/www/}
  10. Amass, L., Ling, W., Freese, T.E., et al. (2004). Bringing Buprenorphine-Naloxone Detoxification to Community Treatment Providers: The NIDA Clinical Trials Network Field Experience. American Journal of Addictions, 13, S42-S66.
  11. Freese, T.E., Miotto, K, Reback, CJ. (2002). The effects and consequences of selected club drugs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 23, 151-156.
  12. Reback, C. J., Cohen, A. J., Freese, T. E, & Shoptaw, S. (2002). Making collaboration work: Key components of practice/research partnerships. Journal of Drug Issues, 32(3), 837-848.
  13. Shoptaw, S., Reback, C.J., & Freese, T.E. (2002). Patient characteristics, HIV serostatus, and risk behaviors among gay and bisexual males seeking treatment for methampheramine abuse and dependence in Los Angeles. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 21, 91-106.
  14. Freese T.E., Obert, J., Dickow, A., Cohen, J., & Lord, R.H. (2000). Methamphetamine abuse: Issues for special populations. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 32, 177-182.