Ellen Frank is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer of HealthRhythms, Inc. Dr. Frank is internationally recognized for the development and testing of a series of somatic and psychosocial treatments for major depression and bipolar disorder. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), which she originally designed and tested as an individual outpatient treatment for adults with bipolar I disorder, has been adapted to inpatient and group settings and to the treatment of bipolar II disorder as well as to the treatment of children and adolescents. The rhythm-based theoretical model that underpins IPSRT now forms the basis for the smartphone technology that she and her HealthRhythms colleagues have developed for the monitoring of behavioral biomarkers of mood disorders and for digital intervention platforms for a range of psychiatric conditions.
An expert on mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Frank served chair of the US Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel, as a member of the US National Advisory Mental Health Council and, more recently, on the Mood Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-5. In 1999, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).