Lori Frank

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Senior Behavioral Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in human development/gerontology, The Pennsylvania State University; M.A. in psychology/biopsychology, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in biology/psychology, University of Delaware


Lori Frank is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her current work is focused on methods for incorporating the consumer perspective into health care, research, and policy. 

Frank founded and served as director of the Evaluation and Analysis Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), initiating research on stakeholder engagement, along with survey research and portfolio analysis functions. She managed the scientific and financial performance of the Center for Health Outcomes Research as executive director/senior research leader with MEDTAP International/United BioSource Corporation. She founded and served as principal investigator of the Cognition Initiative with the Critical Path Institute Patient-Reported Outcome Consortium. She is president-elect of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and a member of the Medical, Scientific, and Memory Screening Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. She completed her Health and Aging Policy Fellowship through the Congressional Fellowship Program with the National Institute on Aging. Her career has focused on patient-reported outcomes measure development, psychometric evaluation, and medical treatment decision-making by older adults. She has held research and teaching positions with Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry, the National Institute on Aging, and Medimmune LLC/AstraZeneca.

Frank completed postdoctoral training in mental health services research with the VA Health Services Research and Development program and Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. Her doctorate in human development/gerontology is from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in biopsychology is from Johns Hopkins University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

President-Elect, International Society for Quality of Life Research

Previous Positions

Director, Evaluation & Analysis, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; Executive Director, Center for Health Outcomes, MEDTAP/United BioSource Corporation

Selected Publications

Frank L, Ashford JW, Bayley P, Borson S, Buschke H, Cohen D, Cummings JL, Davies P, Dean M, Finkel SI, Hyer L, Perry G, Powers RE, Schmitt F, "Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: Three wishes now that the genie is out of the bottle," Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease , 66, 2018

Forsythe LP, Frank LB, Tafari AT, Cohen SS, Lauer M, Clauser S, Goertz C, Schrandt S, "Researchers, Patients, and Stakeholders Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Mixed-Methods Study of the PCORI Reviewer Experience. ," Value in Health , 21(10), 2018

Forsythe LP, Frank LB, Hemphill R, Tafari AT, Szydlowski V, Lauer M, Goertz C, Clauser S , "Unique Review Criteria and Patient and Stakeholder Reviewers: Analysis of PCORI’s Approach to Research Funding," Value in Health, 21(10), 2018

Khachaturian A, Hoffman DP, Frank L, Petersen R, Carson BR, Khachaturian ZS, "Zeroing out preventable disability: Daring to dream the impossible dream for dementia care. Recommendations for a national plan to advance dementia care and maximize functioning ," Alzheimers & Dementia , 13, 2017

Forsythe L, Heckert A, Margolis MK, Schrandt S, Frank L, "Methods and impact of engagement in research, from theory to practice and back again: early findings from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.," Quality of Life Research, 27, 2017

Forsythe L, Frank L, Workman T, Hilliard T, Harwell D, Fayish L, "Patient, Caregiver, and Clinician Views on Engagement in Comparative Effectiveness Research.," Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 6(3), 2017

Frank L, Forsythe L, Ellis L, Schrandt S, Sheridan S, Gerson J, Konopka K, Daugherty S , "Frank L, Forsythe L, Ellis L, Schrandt S, Sheridan S, Gerson J, Konopka K, Daugherty S. Conceptual and practical foundations of patient engagement in research at PCORI ," Quality of Life Research, 24(5), 2015

Frank L, "Raising the bar for self-reported health status," Medical Care, 52(12), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Health and Aging Policy Fellowship/Congressional Fellowship