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California State University, Long Beach
Health Science Department at CSULB

Robert H. Friis, Ph.D.


  • Marketing surveys, focus groups, needs assessments, data analysis
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health science curriculum design
  • Expert witness


  • UNDERGRADUATE: B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1964
    • European Study: Alliance Francaise (Paris); Centre Universitaire Mediterranean (Nice); University of Munich; Escuela de Idiomas (Madrid), 1964-1965. Speaking and reading knowledge of German, French, and Spanish
  • GRADUATE: M.A., Educational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1966
    • Ph.D., Higher Education (Research Training Track), Columbia University, 1969
  • POSTGRADUATE: Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Epidemiology,
    • (Research training in health aspects of the work and social environment, including psychiatric epidemiology and statistical methods), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1969-1971


  • Project Evaluator, Community Challenge Grant, State of California and City of Long Beach Health Department, approximately $100,000, 7/1/97-6/30/99; $45,000, 7/1/99-6/30/02.
  • Principal Investigator, Smoke-free bars: Analysis of the response from Long Beach, Grant 7RT-0185, Tobacco-Related Disease Program, University of California, $528,000, 7/1/98-6/30/02.
  • Principal Investigator, Cambodian research initiative, CARA Grant 12BT-2201, Tobacco-Related Disease Program, University of California, $106,456, 7/1/03-6/30/05
  • Principal Investigator, METRANS program for research on transportation access among Cambodians in Long Beach, $35,000, 2/1/05-1/31/06
  • Principal Investigator, Health effects associated with goods movement in the Los Angeles Basin, METRANS research program. $40,000, 7/1/07-6/30/09
  • Principal Investigator, Determinants of smoking prevalence among Cambodian Americans, CARA Grant 16AT-1300, Tobacco-Related Disease Program, University of California, $664.425, 7/1/07-6/30/10



  • Chernick M, Friis R. Introductory Biostatistics for the Health Sciences. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: 2003.
  • Friis RH. Essentials of Environmental Health. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2006.
  • Friis RH, Sellers TA. Epidemiology for Public Health Practice. 4th ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
  • Friis, R. Epidemiology 101. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2009.


  • Friis R. Social support. In: Craighead WE, Nemeroff CB, eds. The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Neuroscience. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; 2000.
  • Wittchen H, Hoyer J, Friis R. Generalized anxiety disorder – a risk factor for depression? Internatl J Methods in Psychiatric Research. 2001;10(1):52-57.
  • Wittchen H-U, Friis R, Jacobi E, Pfister H. Health is not given - patterns of 12 month somatic and mental disorders comorbidity in the community. European J Psychiatry. 2002; 17: Suppl. 1:82S-82S.
  • Friis RH, Wittchen H-U, Pfister H, Lieb R. Life events and changes in the course of depression in young adults. European J Psychiatry. 2002;17:241-53.
  • Lieb R, Zimmermann P, Friis R, Höfler M, Tholen S, Wittchen H-U. The natural course of DSM-IV somatoform disorders and syndromes among adolescents and young adults: A prospective-longitudinal community study. European J Psychiatry. 2002;17:1-11.
  • Friis RH, Nomura W, Ma C, Swan J. Socioepidemiologic and health-related correlates of walking for exercise among the elderly: results from the Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA). The Journal of Physical Activity and Aging. 2003;11:54-65.
  • Hoefler M, Wittchen H-U, Lieb R, Hoyer J, Friis RH. Statistics: How association chain graphs can model pathways into disorders. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 2003;12(2):78-85.
  • Friis RH, Safer AM, Piane GM. Public Opinion Analysis Regarding the Uses of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) Funds. Public Health. 2004;118:190-200.
  • Friis RH, Safer AM. Analysis of responses of Long Beach, California residents to the smokefree bars law. Public Health. 2005;119:1116-1121.
  • Lopez-Zetina J, Lee H, Friis R. The link between obesity and the built environment. Evidence from an ecological analysis of obesity and vehicle miles of travel in California. Health Place. 2006;12(4):656-64.
  • Friis RH, Forouzesh M, Chhim HS, Monga S, Sze D. Sociocultural determinants of tobacco use among Cambodian Americans. Health Educ Res. 2006 Jun; 21(3):355-65.
  • Ozdemir V, William-Jones B, Graham JE, Preskom SH, Gripeos D, Glatt SJ, Friis RH, et al. Asymmetry in scientific method and limits to cross-disciplinary dialog: Toward a shared language and science policy in pharmacogenomics and human disease genetics. J Investig Med. 2007;55:1-12.
  • Swan J, Friis R, Turner K. Getting tougher for the fourth quarter: Boomers and physical activity. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2008 Jul;16(3):261-79.
  • Friis R, Garrido-Ortega C, Griego P, Long S, Acosta-Deprez V. Smoking and tobacco use among Asian Pacific Islander women. In Smoking and Women’s Health, Wesley MK and Sternbach IA (Eds.) Nova Science Publishers, 2008.