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 5/1/2019

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Chilton M, Bovell-Ammon A, Knowles M, Coleman SM, Black MM, Cook JT, Cutts DB, Casey PH, Heeren TC, Frank DA. Loss Of SNAP Is Associated With Food Insecurity And Poor Health In Working Families With Young Children. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 May; 38(5):765-773. PMID: 31059367.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/4/2019

    Bovell-Ammon A, Cuba SE, Coleman S, Ahmad N, Black MM, Frank DA, Ochoa E, Cutts DB. Trends in Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation among Immigrant Families U.S.-Born Young Children. Children (Basel). 2019 Apr 04; 6(4). PMID: 30987395.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Heeren TC, Chen CA, Liebschutz JM, Forman LS, Cabral HJ, Frank DA, Rose-Jacobs R. Do Differences in Learning Performance Precede or Follow Initiation of Marijuana Use? J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2019 Jan; 80(1):5-14. PMID: 30807269.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/3/2018

    Sandel M, Sheward R, Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman S, Heeren T, Black MM, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cook J, Cutts DB, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. Timing and Duration of Pre- and Postnatal Homelessness and the Health of Young Children. Pediatrics. 2018 10; 142(4). PMID: 30177513.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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 06; 30(6):841-845. PMID: 29847987.

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  • 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 02; 141(2). PMID: 29358482.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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