Research Articles and Reviews

Frisch, Michael B. (2016). Quality of Life Therapy in Alex M. Wood and Judith Johnson (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology, (pp. 409-425). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi: 10.1002/9781118468197.ch27

Frisch, M. (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(2), 193-227. Retrieved from

Galen M. Grant, Veronica Salcedo, Linda S. Hynan, Michael B. Frisch, Kristie Puster. (1995). Effectiveness of Quality of Life Therapy for Depression. Psychological Reports, 76, 1203-1208.  doi:

Michael B. Frisch, Michelle P. Clark, Steven V. Rouse, M. David Rudd, Jennifer K. Paweleck, Andrew Greenstone, David A. Kopplin. (2005). Predictive and Treatment Validity of Life Satisfaction and the Quality of Life Inventory. Assessement, 12, 66-78. doi:

James R. Rodrigue, Didier A. Mandelbrot, Martha Pavlakis; A psychological intervention to improve quality of life and reduce psychological distress in adults awaiting kidney transplantation. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2011; 26 (2): 709-715. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfq382

Rodrigue, J. R., Baz, M. A., Widows, M. R. and Ehlers, S. L. (2005), A Randomized Evaluation of Quality-of-Life Therapy with Patients Awaiting Lung Transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation, 5: 2425–2432. doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2005.01038.x

James R. Rodrigue, PhD, Michelle R. Widows, PhD, Maher A. Baz, MD. (2016). Caregivers of Lung Transplant Candidates: Do They Benefit When the Patient is Receiving Psychological Services? Progress in Transplantation, 16, Issue 4, pp. 336 – 342. doi: 10.1177/152692480601600409

Frisch, Michael B. (1998). Quality of Life Therapy and Assessment in Health Care. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 5, p. 20-40.

Pioneering, Research Supported and Taught Around the World

The Quality of Life Inventory and the Quality of Life Therapy approach to positive psychology intervention has been featured and cited in recent textbooks and in the writings of founder, Marty Seligman, as pioneering, evidence-based, and one of only eight comprehensive theories in the world:

Compton, W.C. & Hoffman, E. (2013). Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (2nd Edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-1111834128.

Quality of Life Therapy [and Coaching] is one of only eight theoretical and intervention approaches in the world to well-being and happiness. Quality of Life Therapy and the Quality of LIfe Inventory are evidence-based or empirically validated.

“Quality of Life Therapy uses the results of assessment to create interventions that can be used to increase life satisfaction. Indeed, studies of Quality of Life Therapy have found that it can be a very useful strategy for fostering greater well-being (page 47).”

Carr, A. (2011). Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths (2nd Edition). NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415602358.

“Frisch’s Quality of Life Therapy is an integration of cognitive therapy practices with ideas from positive psychology. In this approach happiness is conceived as the fulfillment of cherished wishes in 16 significant life domains. At the start of therapy or intervention, clients complete the Quality of Life Inventory that yields an overall score and normed scores on all of these domains and suggests areas that may be a focus of intervention (pages 341-342).

Rashid, T. & Seligman, M. (2014). Positive psychotherapy (pp. 466; 461-498). In Danny Wedding & Raymond J. Corsini’s (Eds. Current Psychotherapies (10th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-1-285-08371-1.

“Only a handful of interventions during the last quarter of the previous century attended to the positive resources of of clients…Frisch’s Quality-of-Life-Therapy integrates Cognitive Therapy with Positive Psychology and has been shown to be effective with depressed clients (Grant, Salcedo, Hynan, Frisch, & Puster, 1995). These early positive psychology interventions were the exception and not the rule in an era of deficit-oriented psychosocial treatments.”(page 466).