Lex Frieden, MA, LLD (hon)

Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lex Frieden, MA, LLD (hon)Lex Frieden, MA, LLD (hon) is a professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and directs the Independent Living Research Utilization program at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) at Memorial Hermann. Best known for his contributions to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Frieden suffered a spinal cord injury while in college and has used a wheelchair for more than 40 years. In March 2013, Frieden received a 2013 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award, which honors the accomplishments of people with disabilities on a global basis. Frieden has received two appointments as the University of Texas System Chancellor's Health Fellow for Disabilities. In 1974, he completed a one-year teaching fellowship in psychology at the University of Houston, and in 1972, he completed a two-year research internship in rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

Education

  • LLD (hon), 2004, Human Rights, The University of Ireland
  • Certificate, 1980, Organizational Psychology, Cornell University
  • MA, 1979, Social Psychology, The University of Houston
  • BS, 1971, Psychology, The University of Tulsa

Research Interests

  • Disability informatics
  • Health care access, effectiveness and costs
  • Independent living
  • Community-based service systems
  • Disability rights
  • Rehabilitation technology and robotics
  • Consumer empowerment

Community Service Activities

  • Board of Directors, RI Global Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Board of Directors, TIRR Foundation
  • Board of Directors, United Spinal Association
  • Advisory Board, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston
  • Board of Visitors, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tulsa
  • Expert Panel on Accessible Transportation, Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science
  • Expert Panel on Disability and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • World Committee on Disability, National Organization on Disability

Other Notable Positions

  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and of Community and Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (Adjunct)
  • Senior Vice President at TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Director, Independent Living Research Utilization Program (ILRU) TIRR Memorial Hermann

Contact

Lex.Frieden@uth.tmc.edu
7000 Fannin, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713.520.0232 x124
Fax: 713.500.3929

www.lexfrieden.com

Publications

1. Frieden, L: A Tale of Two Lives. Rehabilitation Literature, January, 1973, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 7-10.

2. Frieden, L: Organizing the Disabled in the Southwest.  Achievement, June, 1975.

3. Frieden, L: Independent Living: The Movement and Its Programs.  American Rehabilitation, July-August, 1978, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp 6-9.

4. Frieden, L: Independent Living Programs in Houston. Paraplegia Life, January-February, 1979.

5. Frieden, L: Independent Living: Consumers and Government Join Hands. Informer, May, 1979.

6. Frieden, L: Independent Living: The Houston Experience.  American Rehabilitation, July-August, 1979, pp 23-26.

7. Frieden, L and Richards, L: Independent Living: Choosing From a Variety of Programs. Disabled USA, Vol. 2, No 9, 1979 pp 11-14.

8. Frieden, L: How to Live by Yourself. Accent on Living, Fall, 1979.

9. Frieden, L and Frieden, J: Organized Consumerism at the Local Level.  American Rehabilitation, September-October 1979, pp 3-6.

10. Frieden, L and Richards, L: Program Models and Client Needs:  Three Practical Applications. Catalyst, March, 1980, No. 8, pp 3-4.

11. Frieden, L: Independent Living Program Models. Rehabilitation Literature, July-August, 1980, Vol. 41, No. 7-8, pp 169-173.

12. Frieden, L: Editorial comment. Independent Times, Spring, 1981.

13. Frieden, L: Commentary on Independent Living. Rehabilitation Literature, September-October, 1981.

14. Frieden, L and Frieden, J: Independent Living in Sweden and the Netherlands.  Mainstream, November, 1981.

15. Widmer, M, Frieden, L, and Richards, L: Characteristics of Independent Living Programs in the United States. National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation Convention Journal, Fall, 1981.

16. Frieden, L: Independent Living in the U.S. and Implications for Other Countries. Rehabilitation World, Fall/Winter, 1981, pp 10-14.

17. Frieden, L and Cole, J:  Independence:  The Ultimate Goal of Rehabilitation.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November, 1985, Vol. 39, No. 11, pp 734-739.

18. Frieden, L:  Policies for the Disabled Must Encourage Individual Productivity and Independence.  Business and Health, April, 1986, p 60.

19. Frieden, L and Francis, F:  Trends in Research as We Approach the 21st Century. Momentum published by the New York Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Winter, 1989, pp 9-14.

20. Richards, L and Frieden, L:  Introduction to Rural Independent Living.  Rural Special Education Quarterly, Spring, 1992, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp 3-5.

21. Frieden, L and Nosek, M: The Issue is--The Americans with Disabilities Act--Will It Work? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May, 1992, Vol. 46, No. 5, pp 466-469.

22. Smith, Q, Wilkinson, W, Frieden, L, and Holcomb, J:  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):  New Challenges for the Health Professions.  Journal of Allied Health, Summer, 1992, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp 149-159.

23. Smith, Q W, Holcomb, J D, Wilkinson, W, and Frieden, L:  The Americans with Disabilities Act:  Policy Issues and Procedural Implications for Health Professional Schools. The Advisor, Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring, 1993, pp 23-27.

24. Smith, Q W, Richards, L K, Redd, L G, and Frieden, L.  Improving Management Effectiveness in Independent Living Centers through Research and Training.  OSERS, Winter-Spring, 1994, Vol. VI, No. 2, pp 30-36.

25. Fasser, C E, Smith, Q W, Frieden, L, Smith, L, and Holcomb, J D:  Addressing the Healthcare Needs of People with Disabilities.  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, January, 1994, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp 26-32.

26. Smith, L W, Smith, Q W, Richards, L, Frieden, L, and King, K.  Independent Living Centers: Moving Into The 21st Century.  American Rehabilitation, Spring, 1994, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 14-22.

27. Wilkinson, W, Frieden, L, and Smith, Q: Implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Training of Independent Living Center Personnel.  Rehabilitation Education, Winter, 1994, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp 47-58.

28. Frieden, L, Smith, L, Wilkinson, W, Redd, L, and Smith, Q.  Spinal Cord Injury and Managed Care:  A Consumer Viewpoint, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Gary Ulicny, PhD., special issue editor, 1998, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 80-88.

29. Frieden, L, Richards, L, and George, C.  Global Perspectives on Independent Living: A Report on the First International Summit Conference on Independent Living, Asia & Pacific Journal on Disability, April, 2000, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 32-42.

30. Frieden, L.  Listening for Footsteps.  John S. Coulter Memorial Lecture in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, February, 2002, Vol. 83, No. 2; pp 150-153.

31. Frieden, L. The Global Disability Community Must Respond to the Critical Challenges of the 21st Century.  Address by Lex Frieden, President, Rehabilitation International RI European Conference in Aachen, Germany, November 11, 2002, International Rehabilitation Review, Vol. 52, No. 2 and Vol. 53, No. 1, May, 2003 Double Issue.

32. Frieden, L. and Antoniou, S. Independent Living: If We Are Not Vigilant About Our Rights—We Will Lose Our Rights.  The Creative Spirit, VSA Arts in Action, Summer 2005, pp 4-5, 9.

33. Davidson, H., Chan, J, and Frieden, L.  A Tribute to Jean Amspoker Spencer.  The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 60, No 1, January/February, 2006, p 9.

34. Frieden, L, Richards, L, Cole, J, and Bailey, D: ILRU Source Book: A Technical Assistance Manual on Independent Living.  Independent Living Research Utilization Project, Houston, Texas, 1979.

35. Cole, J, Sperry, J, Board, M, and Frieden, L: New Options.  The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston, Texas, 1979.

36. Cole, J, Sperry, J, Board, M, and Frieden, LNew Options Instructor's Manual. The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston, Texas, 1979.

37. Frieden, L, Frieden, J, and Laurie, G: Living Independently:  Three Views of the European Experience with Implications for the United States.  World Rehabilitation Fund, New York, 1981.

38. Rice, D, Roessler, R, Greenwood, R, and Frieden, L: Independent Living Rehabilitation.  Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1983.

39. Frieden, L and Kelley, J (Editors): Go For It! A Book on Sport and Recreation for Persons with Disabilities.  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, Orlando, Florida, 1989.

40. Frieden, L:  Adequate Residential and Community Programs for Persons with Disabilities (Editor).  In Volume One: Awareness Papers, White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, Washington, DC, 1977.

41. Frieden, L:  Perspective on Houston: The Budding of a Seed.  In Independent Living, by Susan Pfleuger, Institute for Research Utilization, Washington, DC, 1977.

42. Frieden, L:  Independent Living: The Houston Perspective. In Change Strategies and Disabled Persons:  Post-Secondary Education and Beyond, edited by Pat Marx and Perry Hall, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1978.

43. Frieden, L: Independent Living Program Models. In Report of the 7th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues, Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1980.

44. Frieden, L: Independent Living and the Post Secondary Educational Institution.  In The Accessible Institution of Higher Education:  Opportunity, Challenge, and Response, edited by Stephen H. Simon, Association of Handicapped Student Service Programs in Post-Secondary Education, Ames, Iowa, 1981.

45. Frieden, L and Sharp, D: Peer Counseling Programs Models. In Report of the 8th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues, Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1981.

46. Frieden, L, Widmer, M, and Richards, L: The Independent Living Program Movement. In Vocational Evaluation, Work Adjustment and Independent Living Services for the Severely Disabled, edited by Robert A. Lassiter, et al, Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, 1982.

47. Frieden, L: Independent Living Program Models. In Independent Living For Physically Disabled People, edited by Nancy Crewe and Irving Zola, Jossey Bass, San Francisco, California, 1983.

48. Frieden, L: Is There Life After Rehab? In Management of Spinal Cord Injury, edited by Cynthia M. Zejdlik, Wadsworth Publishing Inc., Belmont, California, 1983.

49. Dalrymple, J, Richards, L, and Frieden, L: Independent Living: A State of the Art Review. In Annual Review of Rehabilitation, (vol. 3), edited by Elizabeth Pan, et al, Springer Publishing, Los Angeles, California, 1984.

50. Frieden, L and Cole, J: Problem Solving.  In Rehabilitation Psychology, edited by David Krueger, Aspen Publications, Rockville, Maryland, 1984.

51. Dalrymple, J, Richards, L, and Frieden, L: Independent Living: An Update for the Mid-Eighties.  In Annual Review of Rehabilitation, (vol. 4), edited by Elizabeth Pan, et al, Springer Publishing Company, New York, New York, 1985.

52. Frieden, L:  Foreword.  In Access America: An Atlas and Guide to the National Parks for Visitors with Disabilities, edited by Peter Shea, et al, Northern Cartographic, Burlington, Vermont, 1988.

53. Frieden, L:  Foreword.  In Access Guide to the National Parks, (four volumes), edited by Peter Shea, et al, Weidenfeld and Nicholson Publishers, New York, New York, 1989.

54. Frieden, L:  Foreword.  In Management of Spinal Cord Injury, (2nd edition), edited by Cynthia M. Zejdlik, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, 1992.

55. Frieden, L:  Is There Life After Rehabilitation?  In Management of Spinal Cord Injury, (2nd edition), edited by Cynthia M. Zejdlik, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, 1992.

56. Smith, Q W, Frieden, L, and Richards L.  Independent Living.  Encyclopedia of Disability and Rehabilitation.  Edited by Arthur E. Dell Orto, et al., MacMillan Reference Books, New York, New York, 1995.

57. Smith, Q W, Frieden, L, Nelson, M R, and Tilbor, A G.  Transition to Adulthood for Young People with Spinal Cord Injury.  The Child with a Spinal Cord Injury, edited by Randal R. Betz, MD and M.J. Mulcahey, MS, OTR/L, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois, 1996.

58. Nelson, M R, Tilbor, A G, Frieden, L, Smith, Q W.  Introduction to Rehabilitation:  Adult vs. Pediatric Centers. The Child with a Spinal Cord Injury, edited by Randal R. Betz, MD and M.J. Mulcahey, MS, OTR/L, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois, 1996.

59. Wilkinson, W., Smith, Q W., Frieden, L.  Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation.  Ethical Dimensions in CARF Standards, edited by John Banja, PhD., 1997.

60.Wilkinson, W., Smith, Q W., Frieden, L.  Individual Rights and the Disability Rights Movement:  Significance for the Rehabilitation Service Provider.  Ethical Dimensions in CARF Standards, edited by John Banja, PhD., 1997.

61. Wilkinson, W., Frieden, L.  Glass-Ceiling Issues in Employment of People with Disabilities.  Employment, Disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act:  Issues in Law, Public Policy, and Research, edited by Peter David Blanck, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois, 2000.

62. Richards, L. and Frieden, L.  Lobbying.  Encyclopedia of Disability, edited by Gary L. Albrecht, et al., Sage Publications, London, 2005.

Monographs Published

63. Frieden, L, Sharp, D, and Fleck, T: CBFL Conference Report. The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston, Texas, 1978.

64. Board, M, Cole, J, Frieden, L, and Sperry, J: Independent Living with Attendant Care (three booklets). The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston, Texas, 1980.

65. Frieden, L: Consumerism and Advocacy in Rehabilitation:  A State of the Art Review.  The National Rehabilitation Information Center, Washington, DC, 1983.

66. Frieden, L and Nosek, M:  The Efficacy of the Independent Living Program Model Based on Descriptive and Evaluative Studies.  The National Rehabilitation Information Center, Washington, DC, 1985.

67. Hill, N, Taylor, H, and Frieden, L, et al:  Harris Poll of Persons with Disabilities in the United States, Lou Harris and Associates, New York, NY, 1986.

68. Frieden, L and Burgdorf, B:  Toward Independence, National Council on the Handicapped, Washington, DC, 1986.

69. Frieden, L, Farbman, A, and Burgdorf, B: On the Threshold of Independence, National Council on the Handicapped, Washington, DC, 1988.

70. Smith, Q W, Smith, L W, King, K, Frieden, L, and Richards, L.  Health Care Reform, Independent Living, and People with Disabilities:  A Report of the National Study Group on the Implications of Health Care Reform for Americans with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), Houston, Texas, 1993.

71. Frieden, L., et al.  Declaration for Independence: A Call to Transform Health and Long Term Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities, National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities, Washington, DC, December, 2008.

72. Frieden, L., Dunn, K., and Francisco, G.  Novel H1N1 Virus: An Information Bulletin for Families, Caregivers and People with Disabilities, Rehabilitation International, New York, August, 2009

73. Frieden, L.,  Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act after 20 Years, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, July, 2010

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