Marla Friedman Psy.D. PC, Director, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with a doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is the past chair of the Police Psychological Services Section for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. In this capacity she established the “Hey Doc” column and “Interview with the Chief of Police” feature for Command Magazine. Dr. Friedman also developed the “Chiefs Lead the Way” program as a top-down approach to addressing cumulative trauma and police suicide.
Dr. Friedman has specifically trained in Offender Profiling, Practical Homicide Investigation, Interview and Interrogation and Detection of Deception. She has worked on missing person and cold case homicide investigations to meet the needs of municipal police agencies. She has over 35 years of clinical experience, seven of them working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. She maintains a full time psychotherapy practice and specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and sexual and marital health. She devotes part of her practice to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is fluent in sign language. Police officers, first responders, survivors of violent crime, animal attack victims and accidental killers are also seen in her Wheaton office.
Dr. Friedman trains chiefs of police and first line supervisors in how to set up a “Chiefs Lead The Way” program in their departments. She is also a public speaker on a number of psychological topics. She believes and supports the Badge of Life philosophy and tenants and is proud to be a member of an organization that puts officer health and safety as its main goal.