Michael J. Frank, PhD

Michael J. Frank is an Edgar L Marston Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences at Brown University. He directs the Center for Computational Brain Science within the Carney Institute for Brain Science. He received his PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2004 at the University of Colorado, following undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering. Frank's work focuses primarily on theoretical models of frontostriatal circuits and their modulation by dopamine, especially their cognitive functions and implications for neurological and psychiatric disorders. The models are tested and refined with experiments across species, neural recording methods, and neuromodulation. Honors include the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences (2021), Kavli Fellow (2016), the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award (2011), and the Janet T Spence Award for early career transformative contributions (Association for Psychological Science, 2010). Dr Frank is a senior editor for eLife.