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Richard G. Frank, PhD

Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202/690-5762
E-mail: richard.frank@hhs.gov

Richard G. Frank, PhD, is a deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He directs the Office on Disability Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. Dr. Frank is a health economist whose research has focused on economic issues related to mental health and substance abuse policy. Prior to joining ASPE, he was the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics at Harvard Medical School. He also served as editor of the Journal of Health Economics. Dr. Frank was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997. He recently co-authored the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), which examines the history of mental health policy in the United States since 1950.