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Dr. Michael B. Frisch

Faculty - Michael Frisch

Professor of Psychology

BSB A.332 (254) 710-2252

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Kansas 1981
M.A. University of Kansas 1978
B.A. University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee 1976


Dr. Frisch is a clinical psychologist involved in psychotherapy practice and research. He is an international authority on positive psychology, well being, and quality of life. He is a Research Fellow and Founding Fellow in the International Society for Quality of Life Studies and Aaron T. Beck's Academy of Cognitive Therapy, respectively. Dr Frisch is the founder of the Oral History and Education Project of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, the Gallup Institute for Global Well-Being, and Baylor University. Dr. Frisch served as the youngest member in history on the American Red Cross' Board of Governors in Washington, DC. He enjoys playing guitar, reading, and hanging out with his daughter, Erin, and his son, Jacob.

Service Interest

Dr. Frisch is sponsor of the Psychology Club which is open to all majors who want to learn about careers, internships, and how to succeed in the major. He wants all psychology majors to find fulfilling careers. His message to majors--from the poet, W.H. Auden-is: "You owe it to all of us to get on with what you're good at ! "

Research Interests

Primary focus: Quality of Life Therapy refers to Dr. Frisch's book or manual for adding positive psychology and well-being interventions to therapy, coaching, or medical treatments. This approach has been found to be effective in two randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institute of Health.

  • Well being and positive psychology intervention
  • Use of Dr. Frisch's Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI in positive psychology and well-being assessments
  • Treatment of depression, anxiety, and couples therapy
  • Oral history of internationally-recognized researchers in order to preserve their legacies and inspire future scientists
  • Research and methodology in college teaching
  • Psychology, film, and the arts

Selected Papers and Publications

Frisch, M. B. (2009). Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching (QOLTC). In S.J. Lopez (Ed.). Encyclopedia Of Positive Psychology (pp. 824-826). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Frisch, Michael B. (2009). The Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI') Handbook: A Practical Guide for Laypersons, Clients, and Coaches. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Pearson Assessments.

Miller, C.A. and Frisch, M.B. (2009). Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide. New York: Sterling Publishing.

Frisch, M.B. (2009, June). Positive Psychology Intervention: Goals, Research, and Evidence-Based Approaches. Paper presented to the First World Congress on Positive Psychology. Philadelphia, PA.

Frisch, M.B. (2009, July). The Latest in Quality of Life Coaching. Invited presentation to the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Florence, Italy.

Frisch, Michael B. (2008). The Oral History and Education Project of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies and the Gallup Institute for Global Well Being, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2, 223-238.

Frisch, M.B. (2007, June). The Creativity-Arts-Making Component of Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching. Invited presentation to the Rockefeller Foundation and Curb Institute Conference on the role of art and art-making in fostering a better quality of life. New York: David A. Rockefeller Estate.

Frisch, Michael B. (2006). Quality of Life Therapy: A Life Satisfaction Approach to Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.

Frisch, M. B., Clark, M. P., Rouse, S. V., Rudd, M. D., Paweleck, J., & Greenstone, A. (2005). Predictive and treatment validity of life satisfaction and the Quality of Life Inventory. Assessment, 12(1), 66-78.

Frisch, M.B. (1998). Quality of life therapy and assessment in health care, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 5, 19-40. Note: This article is designated as a "Classic Article in Quality of Life Research" by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.

Grant, G.M., Salcedo, V., Hynan, L.S., Frisch, M.B., & Puster, K. (1995). Effectiveness of Quality of Life Therapy for depression. Psychological Reports, 76, 1203-1208.

Frisch, M.B., Cornell, J., Villanueva, M., & Retzlaff, P.J. (1992). Clinical validation of the Quality of Life Inventory: A measure of life satisfaction for use in treatment planning and outcome assessment. Psychological Assessment, 4, 92-101.

Courses taught at Baylor

  • PSY 3321 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 3330 Psychopathology
  • PSY 3308 Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • PSY 3399 Positive Psychology and Well-Being
  • PSY 4385 Psychology and Film (open to all students at Baylor)