Brandon E Frank, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, Fordham University
MS, Northeastern University
BA, Florida State University - Tallahassee

Brandon Frank, PhD, received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in 2020. He completed pre-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and neuropsychology fellowship training at VA Bedford Healthcare System. He became involved in research with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) during his post-doctoral training and received ADRC pilot grant funding to quantify a novel plasma biomarker in the ADRC clinical cohort. In September 2022, he joined the VA Boston Healthcare System and National Expert Consultation & Specialized Services Memory Disorders Program where he evaluates and treats Veterans with memory loss from around the country. He is principal investigator on a VA Career Development Award examining a screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease, which applies machine learning tools to a low-technology digital clock drawing test (JIT pending). He is also co-investigator on a VA MERIT award examining interventions designed to influence brain aging and biomarkers of brain health. His research leverages advanced statistical techniques and new technologies to advance our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. He has published in peer reviewed neurology and neuropsychology journals and presented on a wide range of topics in neuropsychology. Dr. Frank serves as editor and reviewer for multiple journals including Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Psychological Assessment, and Neuropsychologia. In addition to his clinical and research activities, Dr. Frank mentors and teaches BU doctoral students, residents, and fellows.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

2013-2014 Assisted interdisciplinary health clinics for the Wampanoag Allied Health System.
Role: Student Advisor.

2014-2015 Helped implement grant funded community-based services for the Boston Public Health Commission including the Boston Consortium Model Integrated Wellness Program for Women of Color and Peer to Peer Services program.
Role: Graduate Fellow and Project Manager.

2022- Developed neuropsychological testing services to be administered over telehealth for the National VA Telememory Program. This program seeks to provide neurological and neuropsychological services for rural Veterans across the country that lack access to specialty memory disorders services.

Staff Neuropsychologist
VA Boston Healthcare System
Neurology Service


Combining Machine Learning Methods and Scalable In Vivo Biomarkers for the Early and Accurate Detection of Alzheimer's Disease in Veterans
04/01/2024 - 03/31/2029 (PI)
VA Clinical Science Research & Development

Aging Well through Interactions and Scientific Education - Action Plan (AgeWISE-AP)
01/10/2023 - 09/30/2027 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Maureen K O'Connor, PsyD

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  1. Frank B, Bandyopadhyay S, Dion C, Formanski E, Matusz E, Penney D, Davis R, O'Connor MK, Au R, Amini S, Rashidi P, Tighe P, Libon DJ, Price CC. A Network Analysis of Digital Clock Drawing for Command and Copy Conditions. Assessment. 2024 Mar 18; 10731911241236336.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38494894
  2. Ally M, Sugarman MA, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Aparicio HJ, Frank B, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkin I, Farrer LA, Jun GR, Turk KW, Budson AE, O'Connor MK, Au R, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Killiany R, Stern RA, Stein TD, McKee AC, Qiu WQ, Mez J, Alosco ML. Cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluation of plasma glial fibrillary acidic protein to detect and predict clinical syndromes of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023; 15(4):e12492.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37885919; PMCID: PMC10599277; DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12492;
  3. Morrison MS, Aparicio HJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Sugarman MA, Frank B, Steinberg EG, Turk KW, Budson AE, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD, Alosco ML. Ante-mortem plasma phosphorylated tau (181) predicts Alzheimer's disease neuropathology and regional tau at autopsy. Brain. 2022 Oct 21; 145(10):3546-3557.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35554506; PMCID: PMC10233293; DOI: 10.1093/brain/awac175;
  4. Oliveira-Silva P, Maia L, Coutinho J, Moreno AF, Penalba L, Frank B, Soares JM, Sampaio A, Gonçalves ÓF. Nodes of the default mode network implicated in the quality of empathic responses: A clinical perspective of the empathic response. Int J Clin Health Psychol. 2023; 23(1):100319. PMID: 36168601; PMCID: PMC9485908; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijchp.2022.100319;
  5. Frank B, Ally M, Tripodis Y, Puzo C, Labriolo C, Hurley L, Martin B, Palmisano J, Chan L, Steinberg E, Turk K, Budson A, O'Connor M, Au R, Qiu WQ, Goldstein L, Kukull W, Kowall N, Killiany R, Stern R, Stein T, McKee A, Mez J, Alosco M. Trajectories of Cognitive Decline in Brain Donors With Autopsy-Confirmed Alzheimer Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease. Neurology. 2022 Jun 14; 98(24):e2454-e2464.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35444054; PMCID: PMC9231841; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200304;
  6. Frank B, Ally M, Brekke B, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Sugarman MA, Ashton NJ, Karikari TK, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Palmisano JN, Steinberg EG, Simkina I, Turk KW, Budson AE, O'Connor MK, Au R, Goldstein LE, Jun GR, Kowall NW, Stein TD, McKee AC, Killiany R, Qiu WQ, Stern RA, Mez J, Alosco ML. Plasma p-tau181 shows stronger network association to Alzheimer's disease dementia than neurofilament light and total tau. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Aug; 18(8):1523-1536.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34854549; PMCID: PMC9160800; DOI: 10.1002/alz.12508;
  7. Stein CR, Cooney ML, Frank B, Bender HA, Winkel G, Lucchini RG. Mental health mediators of subjective cognitive concerns among World Trade Center responders. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Aug; 140:187-196. PMID: 34118636; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.05.081;
  8. Dion C, Frank BE, Crowley SJ, Hizel LP, Rodriguez K, Tanner JJ, Libon DJ, Price CC. Parkinson's Disease Cognitive Phenotypes Show Unique Clock Drawing Features when Measured with Digital Technology. J Parkinsons Dis. 2021; 11(2):779-791. PMID: 33682726; PMCID: PMC8108094; DOI: 10.3233/JPD-202399;
  9. Davoudi A, Dion C, Formanski E, Frank BE, Amini S, Matusz EF, Wasserman V, Penney D, Davis R, Rashidi P, Tighe PJ, Heilman KM, Au R, Libon DJ, Price CC. Normative References for Graphomotor and Latency Digital Clock Drawing Metrics for Adults Age 55 and Older: Operationalizing the Production of a Normal Appearing Clock. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021; 82(1):59-70.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34219739; PMCID: PMC8379638; DOI: 10.3233/JAD-201249;
  10. Frank B, Roszyk M, Hurley L, Drejaj L, McKay D. Inattention in misophonia: Difficulties achieving and maintaining alertness. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2020 Feb; 42(1):66-75. PMID: 31537171; DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2019.1666801;
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