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ABOUT PROFESSOR FRIEDMAN: Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. His scientific work on health and longevity has drawn wide attention in the scientific community and has been featured in popular media worldwide. For three decades, Dr. Friedman has studied personality predictors of longevity, developing a scientific understanding of the "disease-prone personality" and the "self-healing personality."

His newest book is: The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. NY: Hudson Street Press. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, The Longevity Project shows what really impacts our health and lifespan — including friends, family, personality patterns, and work.

In 2008, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) awarded him the James McKeen Cattell Fellow award, citing his research and ideas that are "changing how we think about the nature of health." Dr. Friedman is also the recipient of the career award for "Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology" from the American Psychological Association (Div. 38). Professor Friedman is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the American Psychological Association (APA); and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Friedman is the Editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. His research on nonverbal expressiveness and personal charisma has been widely applied in health promotion, leadership training, medical education, and viral marketing.

His books include: The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology (Oxford, 2011); Foundations of Health Psychology (Oxford 2006; named an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice); The Self-Healing Personality: Why Some People Achieve Health and Others Succumb to Illness (Henry Holt 1991; iUniverse 2000; reprinted in French and German); Personality and Disease (Wiley, 1990; also available in Japanese edition); Health Psychology (Prentice Hall, 2002); and Hostility, Coping, and Health (American Psychological Association, 1992). He was Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Mental Health (Academic Press, 1998; named a "Best Reference Source of 1998" from Library Journal).

Professor Friedman is also known for his textbooks: Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research 5e (Allyn & Bacon, 2012) and The Personality Reader (Allyn and Bacon, 2008). He has received UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Outstanding Teacher award from the Western Psychological Association (WPA). In 2012, he was awarded the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust prize "for inspiring students to make a difference in the community." See http://newsroom.ucr.edu/2829.

A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Friedman received his doctorate from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. For further information about current scientific research in the Friedman lab, please follow the appropriate links.

Selected Publications

Friedman, H. S. & Kern, M. L. (2014). Personality, well-being and health. Annual Review of Psychology. 65, 719-742. For complimentary access to my Annual Reviews article, for your own personal use (as PDF) please click here.

Friedman, H.S. (2011). Personality, disease, and self-healing. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology. NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 215-240.

Friedman, H. S. & Martin, L. R. (2011). The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.  NY: Hudson Street Press.

Friedman, H. S., Kern, M. L. & Reynolds, C. A. (2010). Personality and health, subjective well-being, and longevity. Journal of Personality, 78, 179-215.  

Friedman, H.S. & Schustack, M.W. (2012). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 5th edition. Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

Friedman, H.S. & Schustack, M.W. (2009). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 4th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Hampson, S. & Friedman, H. S. (2008). Personality and health: A life span perspective. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. Pervin (Eds.). The Handbook of Personality (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford, pp. 770-794.

Friedman, H.S. (2007). Personality, disease, and self-healing. In H. S. Friedman & R.C. Silver (eds.), Foundations of Health Psychology. NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 172-199.

Friedman, H.S. (2000). Long-term relations of personality and health: Dynamisms, mechanisms, tropisms. Journal of Personality, 68, 1089-1108.

Friedman, H.S. (1991/2000). Self-Healing Personality: Why Some People Achieve Health and Others Succumb to Illness. New York, NY: Re-published by: www.iuniverse.com.

DePaulo, B.M. & Friedman, H.S. (1998). Nonverbal Communication. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology, 4th edition.  Boston: McGraw Hill, vol. II, pp. 3-40.

Friedman, H.S., Tucker, J.S., Schwartz, J.E., Tomlinson-Keasey, C., Martin, L.R., Wingard, D.L., Criqui, M.H. (1995). Psychosocial and behavioral predictors of longevity: The aging and death of the "Termites." American Psychologist, 50, 69-78.

Friedman, H.S. & Booth-Kewley, S. The "disease-prone personality": A meta-analytic view of the construct. American Psychologist, 1987, 42, 539-555.