Paul Friday

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There is something GREAT about FRIDAY

Friday (n):
the last day of the workweek, heralded as the gateway to the weekend.

Dr. Paul J. Friday is Chief of Clinical Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Shadyside, where he has been on staff for over 30 years. He has in excess of 60,000 hours of patient interactions.

In addition to his full-time clinical practice, Dr. Friday was a founding member of the Biomedical Ethics Committee, a director of the Multi-Disciplinary Pain Program—Noninvasive Division, and a member of the steering committee for the creation of the Center for Complimentary Medicine at UPMC-Shadyside.

Dr. Friday has been a featured keynote and motivational speaker for hundreds of business, educational, and medical groups throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared on hundreds of local, regional and national radio and television programs, addressing a variety of topics and news events from a psychological perspective. These media outlets include:

  • CNN
  • ABC News
  • MSNBC News
  • ESPN, Fox Sports
  • KDKA-TV & Radio (CBS)
  • WTAE-TV & Radio (ABC)
  • PCNC (NBC)

Paul J. Friday, PhD (n): clinical psychologist and speaker, heralded as a guide to effective thinking for balanced living.


Dr. Friday distills psychological theory to help make sense of the complexities of our daily lives. Using simple language, as well as humor, he constructs the framework to leading a balanced life. Discussion topics might include:

  • How to improve productivity through more effective thinking
  • Why having “crazy ideas” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re crazy
  • Why change is the toughest thing a human being can do
  • Why rescuers are viewed as persecutors and end up as victims
  • How the Eight Laws of Effective Thinking can be a guide to a balanced life
  • How BYPASS can help you avoid a bypass

Dr. Friday is a powerful keynote speaker. He will consult with you and tailor a program to meet the specific needs of your organization. Dr. Friday has spoken at:

  • Management Conventions & Employee Development Programs
  • Specialty Group Functions
  • Corporate and Board Retreats

Friday’s Laws: THE BOOK

Dr. Friday is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Friday’s Laws: How to Become Normal When You’re Not and How to Stay Normal When You Are.

The psychiatrist, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. David Servan-Schreiber said, “M. Scott Peck redefined psychotherapy as The Road Less Traveled. Paul J. Friday’s Eight Laws of Effective Thinking provide the guide posts that allow the trip to take place. A clever and insightful description of what makes people change and how they do it.”


What they’re saying about FRIDAY

“The use of humor and casual approach make the time spent with Dr. Friday completely enjoyable yet full of useful information that can be applied immediately to your life.”
Josephine Smerdel
Woodland Hill Teacher-In-Service

“Dr. Friday gave an exciting, informative, multi-media presentation... he blended humor with hypnosis, neurology with audience participation.”
Ann Louise Daily, PhD
Co-Advisor Psi Beta CCAC North Hills, PA

“Dr. Paul Friday was the highlight of our statewide convention in Washington, D.C.”

David S. Pollock, Esq.
Editior-in-Chief, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer;
Past Chair, PA Bar Association Family Law Section; Fellow, AAML & IAML

“Knowledgeable, speaks from experience: engaging, very interactive and deals with issues that involve families, groups and individuals.”

Sandra Lee Schafer, RN Clinical Nurse Specialist Oncology

“Dr. Friday gave an outstanding presentation that truly made an impact on my life. I found myself both smiling and crying by the end and thinking ‘Wow, what simple, sensible and achievable goals!’ I went out into the world thinking a bit more kindly toward others.”

Peggi Keegan, RN
Surgical Center Administrator

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