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Richard G. Frank

Director, USC–Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy, Brookings Institution

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Richard G. Frank, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in economic studies and director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy. He is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Emeritus, in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance use care, long-term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform, and disability policy. Frank served as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics from 2005 to 2014. He was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 1997. Frank is coauthor, with Sherry Glied, of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).