We sadly lost our friend and colleague Edward J. (“Fast Eddie”) Frischholz, PhD, at the young age of 58. He died of heart failure, a complication of septic shock. He was a passionate advocate for the field of hypnosis, a tough monitor of its quality, a fine clinician, and an excellent researcher/statistician.
Ed received his BA summa cum laude in Psychology and English at age 19, and one year later his MS in Human Resources (Family Therapy, Biscayne College, renamed St. Thomas University, Florida, 1975 and 1976). He earned his MA in Psychology (Psychometrics) from Fordham University, New York, in 1980, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, in 1990. He did his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital (New York University, New York, 1988). As a research associate with Dr. Herbert Spiegel, he studied the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of the Hypnotic Induction Profile. He published his first paper at age 23 as the last author with Martin Orne, Ernest Hilgard, Herbert Spiegel, David Spiegel, Helen Crawford, Fred Evans, and Emily Orne on “The Relation Between the Hypnotic Induction Profile and the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales, Forms A and C” in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He went on to author 48 papers and chapters and gave many lucid and dynamic presentations. He received at least 12 awards including the Milton Erickson Award for Scientific Writing on Hypnosis twice (1981, 2006). Over the years, he taught at the University of Illinois, Loyola, Columbia, and at The Adler School of Professional Psychology. As a clinical psychologist, he was on staff at Rush North Shore Medical Center and in private practice. He was Editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis from 1994–2000. He was President of Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He was a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), SCEH, and APA.