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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


Michael B. Frisch, Ph.D. studies and practices positive psychology and clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University where he is a full professor of psychology. He is the author of: 1) the evidence-based, Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI, Pearson Assessments' well-being measure designed for positive psychology intervention planning and outcome evaluation and; 2) the evidence-based, manualized, and comprehensive approach to positive psychology intervention, called Quality of Life Therapy [and Coaching] which is spelled out in the book, Quality of Life Therapy. Ed Diener successfully nominated him to be a Research Fellow in the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. He is also a Founding Fellow and Certified Supervisor/Trainer in Aaron T. Beck's Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a past Director of Clinical Training in Baylor's APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology and he is the youngest member in history to serve on the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.

Dr. Frisch's website has free exercises, current info/articles, interviews with leaders in the field, and more:

Learn more about the "Quality of Life Inventory" or "QOLI" at: [select Training tab for live or recorded webinars on positive psychology intervention and assessment, and Quality of Life Therapy.

Link to over 300 pages of positive psychology exercises and lectures -- Scroll down to Download section:

Service Interest

Dr. Frisch is passionate about mentoring students. 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

  • Positive Psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Aaron T. Beck's Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Psychology and Film
  • Clinical Psychology

Selected Papers and Publications

Frisch, M. B. (in preparation). Positive psychology assessment and intervention in clinical psychology and in professional coaching.

Izadikhah, Z., Frisch, M. B., Padash, Z., Dehghani, S., & O'Connor, P. (in preparation). Quality-of-Life-Therapy to Enhance Self-Regulation in Muslim Women in Iran: A Randomized Coaching Trial.

Frisch, M. B. (in press). Quality of Life Therapy. In A. Wood & J. Johnson (Eds.). Positive Clinical Psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Frisch, M. B. (2015). Positive Psychology/Well-Being (pages 784-789). In E. Krug (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy. San Francisco: Sage.

Frisch, M. B. (2013). Evidence-Based Well-Being/Positive Psychology Assessment and Intervention with Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching and the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) Social Indicators Research, 114, 193-227. doi: 10.1007/sl1205-012-0140-7

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

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: A Way to Honor Distinguished Researchers and to Preserve their Legacies - The Alex Michalos Interviews. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2, (4), 223-238.

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. doiL10.1177/1073191104268006.

Frisch, Michael B. (2006). Quality of Life Therapy. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.

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)