Brandon Frank, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Brandon Frank
85 E. Concord St


Brandon Frank, PhD, received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in 2020. He completed pre-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and neuropsychology fellowship training at VA Bedford Healthcare System. He became involved in research with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) during his post-doctoral training and received ADRC pilot grant funding to quantify a novel plasma biomarker in the ADRC clinical cohort. In September 2022, he joined the VA Boston Healthcare System and National Expert Consultation & Specialized Services Memory Disorders Program where he evaluates and treats Veterans with memory loss from around the country. He is principal investigator on a VA Career Development Award examining a screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease, which applies machine learning tools to a low-technology digital clock drawing test (JIT pending). He is also co-investigator on a VA MERIT award examining interventions designed to influence brain aging and biomarkers of brain health. His research leverages advanced statistical techniques and new technologies to advance our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. He has published in peer reviewed neurology and neuropsychology journals and presented on a wide range of topics in neuropsychology. Dr. Frank serves as editor and reviewer for multiple journals including Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Psychological Assessment, and Neuropsychologia. In addition to his clinical and research activities, Dr. Frank mentors and teaches BU doctoral students, residents, and fellows.

Other Positions

  • Staff Neuropsychologist, Neurology Service, VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Fordham University, PhD
  • Northeastern University, MS
  • Florida State University - Tallahassee, BA


  • Published on 3/18/2024

    Frank B, Bandyopadhyay S, Dion C, Formanski E, Matusz E, Penney D, Davis R, O'Connor MK, Au R, Amini S, Rashidi P, Tighe P, Libon DJ, Price CC. A Network Analysis of Digital Clock Drawing for Command and Copy Conditions. Assessment. 2024 Mar 18; 10731911241236336. PMID: 38494894.

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  • Published on 10/25/2023

    Ally M, Sugarman MA, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Aparicio HJ, Frank B, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkin I, Farrer LA, Jun GR, Turk KW, Budson AE, O'Connor MK, Au R, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Killiany R, Stern RA, Stein TD, McKee AC, Qiu WQ, Mez J, Alosco ML. Cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluation of plasma glial fibrillary acidic protein to detect and predict clinical syndromes of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023; 15(4):e12492. PMID: 37885919.

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  • Published on 10/21/2022

    Morrison MS, Aparicio HJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Sugarman MA, Frank B, Steinberg EG, Turk KW, Budson AE, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD, Alosco ML. Ante-mortem plasma phosphorylated tau (181) predicts Alzheimer's disease neuropathology and regional tau at autopsy. Brain. 2022 Oct 21; 145(10):3546-3557. PMID: 35554506.

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  • Published on 9/16/2022

    Oliveira-Silva P, Maia L, Coutinho J, Moreno AF, Penalba L, Frank B, Soares JM, Sampaio A, Gonçalves ÓF. Nodes of the default mode network implicated in the quality of empathic responses: A clinical perspective of the empathic response. Int J Clin Health Psychol. 2023; 23(1):100319. PMID: 36168601.

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  • Published on 4/20/2022

    Frank B, Ally M, Tripodis Y, Puzo C, Labriolo C, Hurley L, Martin B, Palmisano J, Chan L, Steinberg E, Turk K, Budson A, O'Connor M, Au R, Qiu WQ, Goldstein L, Kukull W, Kowall N, Killiany R, Stern R, Stein T, McKee A, Mez J, Alosco M. Trajectories of Cognitive Decline in Brain Donors With Autopsy-Confirmed Alzheimer Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease. Neurology. 2022 Jun 14; 98(24):e2454-e2464. PMID: 35444054.

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  • Published on 12/2/2021

    Frank B, Ally M, Brekke B, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Sugarman MA, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkina I, Turk KW, Budson AE, O'Connor MK, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Stein TD, McKee AC, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, Alosco ML. Plasma p-tau181 shows stronger network association to Alzheimer's disease dementia than neurofilament light and total tau. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Aug; 18(8):1523-1536. PMID: 34854549.

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  • Published on 6/2/2021

    Stein CR, Cooney ML, Frank B, Bender HA, Winkel G, Lucchini RG. Mental health mediators of subjective cognitive concerns among World Trade Center responders. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Aug; 140:187-196. PMID: 34118636.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Dion C, Frank BE, Crowley SJ, Hizel LP, Rodriguez K, Tanner JJ, Libon DJ, Price CC. Parkinson's Disease Cognitive Phenotypes Show Unique Clock Drawing Features when Measured with Digital Technology. J Parkinsons Dis. 2021; 11(2):779-791. PMID: 33682726.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Davoudi A, Dion C, Formanski E, Frank BE, Amini S, Matusz EF, Wasserman V, Penney D, Davis R, Rashidi P, Tighe PJ, Heilman KM, Au R, Libon DJ, Price CC. Normative References for Graphomotor and Latency Digital Clock Drawing Metrics for Adults Age 55 and Older: Operationalizing the Production of a Normal Appearing Clock. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021; 82(1):59-70. PMID: 34219739.

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  • Published on 9/19/2019

    Frank B, Roszyk M, Hurley L, Drejaj L, McKay D. Inattention in misophonia: Difficulties achieving and maintaining alertness. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2020 Feb; 42(1):66-75. PMID: 31537171.

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