Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Clinical Secondary


812 Bellefield Towers







Accepting Graduate Students: No


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh


  • National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Sarnat Prize in Mental Health (2011)
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic -- Cinical Excellence Awards Trainer of the Year (2009)
  • Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry (2008-)
  • Award for Research in Mood Disorders, American College of Psychiatrists (2008)
  • Named Top Producer of Scholarly Publications in Clinical Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology (2007)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (1999-present)
  • Girl Scouts Women and Girls of Distinction Award for the Sciences (2004)
  • Association of Medical School Psychologists Distinguished Researcher (2001)


  • Publication 807

    Levenson, J., Frank, E., Cheng, Y., Rucci, P., Janney, C., Forgione, R.N., Swartz, H., Cyranowski, J., & Fagiolini, A. (In press). Comparative outcomes among the problem areas of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 434-440.

  • Publication 885

    Grote, N.K., Swartz, H.A., Geibel, S., Zuckoff, A., & Frank, E. (2009). A randomized trial of culturally relevant, brief interpersonal psychotherapy for perinatal depression. Psychiatric Services, 60, 313-331.

  • Publication 576

    Zuckoff, A., Shear, K., Frank, E., Daley, D.C., Seligman, K., & Silowash, R. (2006). Treating complicated grief and substance use disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30, 205-211.

  • Publication 898

    Swartz HA, Frank E, Zuckoff A, Cyranowski JM, Houck PR, Cheng Y, Fleming MA, Grote NK, Brent D, Shear MK: Brief interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed mothers whose children are receiving psychiatric treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry 165:1155-1162, 2008.

  • Publication 574

    Swartz, H.A., Frank, E., Zuckoff, A., Cyranowski, J.M., Houck, P.R., Cheng, Y., Fleming, M.A., Grote, N.K., Brent, D.A., & Shear, M.K. (2008). Brief interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed mothers whose children are receiving psychiatric treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1155-1162.

  • Publication 965

    Gibbons, R.D., Weiss, D.J., Pilkonis, P.A., Frank, E., Moore T., Kim, J.B. and Kupfer, D.J. The CAT-DI: A computerized adaptive test for depression. Archives of General Psychiatry (in press).

  • Publication 964

    Swartz, H.A., Frank, E. and Cheng, Y. A randomized pilot study of psychotherapy and quetiapine for the acute treatment of bipolar II depression. Bipolar Disorders, 14:211-216, 2012. [NIHMS: 385096]

  • Publication 963

    Nusslock, R. and Frank, E. Subthreshold bipolarity: Diagnostic issues and challenges. Bipolar Disorders, 13:587-603, 2011. [NIHMS: 385091]

  • Publication 890

    Kupfer, D.J., Frank, E. and Phillips, M.L. Major depressive disorder: New clinical, neurobiological and treatment perspectives. The Lancet, 379:1045-1055, 2012.

  • Publication 889

    Frank, E., Kupfer, D.J., Rucci, P., Lotz-Wallace, M., Levenson, J., Fournier, J. and Kraemer, H.C. Simultaneous evaluation of the harms and benefits of treatments in randomized clinical trials: Demonstration of a new approach. Psychological Medicine, 42:865-873, 2012.

  • Publication 888

    Cassano, G.B., Rucci, P, Benvenuti, A., Miniati, M., Calugi, S., Maggi, L., Pini, S., Kupfer, D.J., Maj, M., Fagiolini, A. and Frank, E. The role of psychomotor activation in discriminating unipolar from bipolar disorders: A classification tree approach. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 73:22-28, 2012.

  • Publication 809

    Levenson, J.C., & Frank, E. (In press). Sleep and biological rhythm abnormalities in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder. In M. Geyer, B. Ellenbroek, C Marsden (Series Eds.), H.K. Manji & C.A. Zarate Jr. (Vol. Eds.), Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Behavioral Neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder and its Treatment. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

  • Publication 808

    Frank, E., & Levenson, J.C. (2010). Interpersonal Psychotherapy. In J. Carlson, M. Englar-Carlson & E. Meidenbauer (Eds.), Theories of Psychotherapy Series. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Publication 806

    Frank, E., Cassano, G.B., Rucci, P., Thompson, W.K., Kraemer, H.C., Fagiolini, A., Maggi, L., Kupfer, D.J., Shear, M.K., Houck, P.R., Calugi, S., Grochocinski, V.J., Scocco, P., Buttenfield, J. and Forgione, R.N. Predictors and moderators of time to remission of depression with interpersonal psychotherapy and SSRI pharmacotherapy. Psychological Medicine, 41:151-162, 2011.

  • Publication 966

    Fournier, J.C., Cyranowski, J.M., Rucci, P., Cassano, G.B. and Frank, E. The multiple dimensions of the social anxiety spectrum in mood disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research (in press).

  • Publication 897

    Cyranowski JM, Hofkens TL, Frank E., Seltman H, Cai H, Amico J. Evidence of dysregulated peripheral oxytocin release among depressed women. Psychosomatic Medicine 70:967-975, 2008.

  • Publication 896

    Lenze S, Cyranowski JM, Thompson W, Anderson B, Frank E. The cumulative impact of nonsevere life events predicts depression recurrence during maintenance treatment with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-M). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 76:979-987, 2008.