Deborah A. Frank, MD

Professor in Child Health and Well-Being, Pediatrics

Deborah Frank
617.414.5251
35 Northampton St

Biography

Deborah A. Frank serves as BUSM professor of Pediatrics; director, Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC); and founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatric and public health researchers working to improve child health. A highly respected national authority, she has testified before both the United States and Massachusetts legislatures on the growing national problem of hunger and its effects on children. Frank also leads research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on the effects of intrauterine exposure to cocaine and other substances on children’s long term development. She advocates at hearings and in the media against criminalizing addicted mothers or stigmatizing their children.

Frank has served on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Mayor’s Hunger Commission, the Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative and the Physicians Task Force on Childhood Hunger in Massachusetts. She has received awards in recognition for her work including the 2004 Standing Ovation Award, Massachusetts Human Services Coalition; 2007 Woman of Valor Award, Jewish Funds for Justice; 2008 Woman of Justice Award, Boston Lawyer’s Weekly, and more recently in 2010 Dr. Frank received the Massachusetts Health Council Outstanding Leadership Award and the Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. Frank is the author of more than 50 papers and articles.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Active Staff Privileges, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • Radcliffe College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Liebschutz JM, Buchanan-Howland K, Chen CA, Frank DA, Richardson MA, Heeren TC, Cabral HJ, Rose-Jacobs R. Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) correlations with prospective violence assessment in a longitudinal cohort. Psychol Assess. 2018 Jun; 30(6):841-845. PMID: 29847987.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/22/2018

    Sandel M, Sheward R, Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman SM, Frank DA, Chilton M, Black M, Heeren T, Pasquariello J, Casey P, Ochoa E, Cutts D. Unstable Housing and Caregiver and Child Health in Renter Families. Pediatrics. 2018 Feb; 141(2). PMID: 29358482.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/14/2017

    Sun J, Patel F, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA, Black MM, Chilton M. Mothers' Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Young Children's Development. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 53(6):882-891. PMID: 28919342.

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  • Published on 5/10/2017

    Rose-Jacobs R, Richardson MA, Buchanan-Howland K, Chen CA, Cabral H, Heeren TC, Liebschutz J, Forman L, Frank DA. Intrauterine exposure to tobacco and executive functioning in high school. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jul 01; 176:169-175. PMID: 28544995.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Shankar P, Chung R, Frank DA. Association of Food Insecurity with Children's Behavioral, Emotional, and Academic Outcomes: A Systematic Review. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Feb/Mar; 38(2):135-150. PMID: 28134627.

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  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Hernandez W, Frank DA, Morton S, Palacios C, Augustyn M. Growth-and Documentation-Deficits: Where To Start in Helping Families. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Feb/Mar; 38 Suppl 1:S82-S83. PMID: 28141731.

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  • Published on 6/23/2016

    Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Cabral HJ, Frank DA. Prenatal, perinatal, and adolescent exposure to marijuana: Relationships with aggressive behavior. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 58:60-77. PMID: 27345271.

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  • Published on 4/1/2016

    Richardson MA, Grant-Knight W, Beeghly M, Rose-Jacobs R, Chen CA, Appugliese DP, Cabral HJ, Liebschutz JM, Frank DA. Psychological Distress Among School-Aged Children with and Without Intrauterine Cocaine Exposure: Perinatal Versus Contextual Effects. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2016 Apr; 44(3):547-60. PMID: 26194603.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    Rose-Jacobs R, Fiore JG, de Cuba SE, Black M, Cutts DB, Coleman SM, Heeren T, Chilton M, Casey P, Cook J, Frank DA. Children with Special Health Care Needs, Supplemental Security Income, and Food Insecurity. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2016 Feb-Mar; 37(2):140-7. PMID: 26836641.

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  • Published on 12/10/2015

    Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Rose-Jacobs R, Forman LS, Cabral HJ, Frank DA. Effects of intrauterine substance and postnatal violence exposure on aggression in children. Aggress Behav. 2016 May-Jun; 42(3):209-21. PMID: 26660077.

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