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Frank, Sheldon M., MD

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: AHC1 348

Phone: 305-348-4147


Specialty: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry

Languages Spoken: English, French, German, Spanish (working knowledge), Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Yiddish (partial)

Education: MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

During Dr Frank’s full-time academic and clinical career in New York (1967-1990), he taught residents and medical students, was active in local and national professional organizations, and pursued research. His investigations concerned asthma, autism, child language development in different cultural and clinical settings, schizophrenia, and neuropsychiatry (psychotropic side effects, Tourette Disorder).

Since relocating to Florida (1990-present), he has combined part-time teaching at University of Miami and FIU with clinical work in various hospital, office, and school settings. He has also revived and expanded a lifelong interest in languages and literature and become a published poet.

Education and Training

  • MFA, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • BA, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania


  • New York City Health Research Council: Grant for language development research
  • Easter Seals of Dade County: Award and grant for autistic children’s program
  • Past President, New York City Council of Child Psychiatry
  • Viola Bernard Award, Columbia University: for research in childhood asthma
  • Past President, South Florida Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Frank, S, Allen, D, Stein, L, and Meyers, B, "Linguistic Performance in Vulnerable and Autistic Children and Their Mothers," American Journal of Psychiatry 133, 909- 915; 1976.
  • Frank, S & Osser, H, "A Psycholinguistic Model of Syntactic Complexity," ERIC; 1969.
  • Blank, M. & Frank, S, "Story recall in Kindergarten Children: Effect of Presentation Method," Child Development 42, 1;1971.
  • Mascia, A, Frank, S, et al, "Mortality Versus Improvement in Severe Chronic Asthma: Physiological and Psychological Factors," Annals of Allergy, 311- 317; 1989.
  • Frank, S, "Child Psychiatric Collaboration in Asthma treatment: Group approaches," Journal of Asthma and Allergy for Pediatricians II, 117 - 120; 1989