Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) For Bipolar Disorder
 Date: 10/31/2008      Time: 11:00am -- 12:30pm
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1st Flr. Auditorium - 1051 Riverside Drive, NYC 10032

Speaker: Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Ellen Frank, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and psychology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Dr. Frank and her colleagues developed a new psychotherapyinterpersonal and social rhythm therapyfor the treatment of manic depressive illness under a MERIT award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She recently completed an NIMH-sponsored study of women with recurrent depression in which she examined how psychobiology, life stress, and different doses of psychotherapy interact to increase or decrease vulnerability to new episodes of depression.

In addition, she is completing a joint project with researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the clinical importance of subsyndromal mood, anxiety, and eating disordersthat is, when the symptoms are not severe enough for diagnosis as a clinically recognized syndrome.

An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Frank was chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel. She currently serves on the Mood Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-V and is an honorary fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

A graduate of Vassar College, Ellen Frank earned a masters degree in English at Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.