Oral Histories

Frank, Ellen

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Ellen Frank is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She graduated from Vassar College in 1966 and received a masters’ degree in English from Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Her doctoral work in psychology was done at the University of Pittsburgh and completed in 1979.

She recently completed an NIMH-sponsored study of women with recurrent depression in which she examined how psychobiology, life stress and different “doses” of psychotherapy interact to increase or decrease vulnerability to new episodes of depression. An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Frank was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-IV and was chair of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel. Dr. Frank has received funding from NIMH, Pittsburgh Foundation, Fine Foundation, Forest Research Institute, Lundbeck and Servier.

Frank, Ellen
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Interview History:

Dates: Dec-96
Interviewer: W.Bunney



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