Freda Liu, PhD

Personal Statement

My research focuses on strategies to improve pediatric mental health care quality, such as increasing measurement-based care–the use of patient/caregiver reported data to inform clinical-decision making. I also study the impact of quality improvement interventions on pediatric mental health service disparities with the goal of developing interventions to prevent or reduce such disparities and improving mental health care quality for all youths and families.

My clinical expertise includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for teens and families to address a variety of mood and anxiety disorders as well as behavior problems and parent-child conflict. I provide parent training and consultation for managing young children’s anxiety and behavior problems. I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology, Seattle Children's Hospital / University of Washington, 2011-2013
Clinical Child Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA , 2010-2011
PhD, Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2007-2011
MA, Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2004-2007
BA, Psychology, Claremont MacKenna College, Claremont, CA, 2000-2004

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Mood and Anxiety Program – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Teaching Philosophy

​I value active and experiential learning strategies and like to teach by modeling and demonstration. I aim to cultivate a value for life long learning and a non-defensive, non-judgmental, self-compassionate, curious learning style.

Recent Publications

The Cognitive Walkthrough for Implementation Strategies (CWIS): a pragmatic method for assessing implementation strategy usability.
(2021 Jul 17)
Implement Sci Commun 2(1): 78
Lyon AR, Coifman J, Cook H, McRee E, Liu FF, Ludwig K, Dorsey S, Koerner K, Munson SA, McCauley E

Implementation strategies for depression and anxiety screening in a pediatric cystic fibrosis center: A quality improvement project.
(2020 Dec)
Pediatr Pulmonol 55(12): 3328-3336
Liu FF, Lew A, Andes E, McNamara S, Cassidy J, Whitmore S, Plunkett R, Ong T

Leveraging Health Information Technology to Meet The Joint Commission's Standard for Measurement-Based Care: A Case Study.
(2020 Jun)
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 46(6): 353-358
Black WE, Esposito-Smythers C, Liu FF, Leichtweis R, Peterson AP, Fagan C

Dr. Liu et al. Reply.
(2020 May)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 59(5): 577-579
Liu FF, Cruz RA, Rockhill CM, Lyon AR

Mind the Gap: Considering Disparities in Implementing Measurement-Based Care.
(2019 Apr)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 58(4): 459-461
Liu FF, Cruz RA, Rockhill CM, Lyon AR

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