Richard G Frank, PhD

Richard G. Frank, Ph.D., is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at DHHS directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, and disability policy. Frank is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as an Editor for the Journal of Health Economics. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland.  Dr. Frank received the John Eisberg Mentorship Award from National Research Service Awards. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press). 

Honors and Awards

1979 - Dissertation Award from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

1979 - Honorable Mention Abt Economic Policy Essay Competition

1980 - Dissertation Support from Foundations Fund for Research in Psychiatry

1986 - New Investigator Research Award, NIMH

1988 - Delta Omega (Public Health Honorary Society)

1993 - Georgescu-Roegen Award (Best Paper in 1992-93) Southern Economic Association (with David S. Salkever)

1996 - Fellow of the Association for Health Services Research

1997 - Member, Institute of Medicine

1998 - Carl A. Taube Award, American Public Health Association

2001 - Emily Mumford Medal, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry

2002 - John Eisenberg Mentorship Award, National Research Service Awards

2003 - MarketScan Investigator Award, Thomson Medstat

2005 - John Dewey Public Service Award, Bard College           

2008 - NIHCM Best Paper; 2007 (with Richard Zeckhauser)

2011 - Distinguished Service Award, Mental Health Association of Maryland

2012 – Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance 2012

2013 – Best Paper Award Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 2012