Richard G. Frank, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
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. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University and a B.A. in Economics from Bard College.
Dr. Frank served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (2009-2011), as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (2013-2014), and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services (2014-2016). From 2005-2014, he also served as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics.
Dr. Frank’s research focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy. He was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry, the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and the John Eisenberg Mentorship Award from the National Research Service Awards. In 1997, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine). Dr. Frank is co-author with Dr. Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).