Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Accepting Graduate Students


Representative Publications

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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]

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.