Howard S. Friedman

Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
Office Phone: (951) 827-3672

ABOUT PROFESSOR FRIEDMAN: Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus 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.”

For an overview of his university research and accomplishments, see

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); the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

He is also known for his award-winning book: 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. It also discusses life expectancy and includes quizzes that can be used as a longevity calculator. To invite Professor Friedman to speak on this topic, please email him or go to Request Speeches and Presentations about The Longevity Project.

Dr. Friedman served for two decades as the Editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. His research on nonverbal expressiveness and personal charisma, including his Affective Communication Test (ACT) has been widely applied in health promotion, leadership training, medical education, and viral marketing.

Professor Friedman 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."

A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Friedman received his doctorate from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.