Debra Frankel

Debra Frankel, LCSW

Debra Frankel is a trainer, supervisor, and clinician with more than two decades of treatment experience. She was originally trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy in 1985 and helped modify Interpersonal Psychotherapy for bipolar disorder patients. She has been training and supervising clinicians in IPSRT since 1995. She was the IPSRT supervisor for the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program, a multi-site treatment research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and she is an IPT supervisor in a Veteran’s Administration Hospital outpatient training project. She also has a private practice specializing in mood and anxiety disorders.


  • Clinical Supervisor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Private Practitioner, Pittsburgh, PA



  • MS, Columbia School of Social Work


Relevant Publications

  • Frank, E., Kupfer, D., Cornes, C., Carter, S., Frankel, D., & Hlastala, S. (1999). Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT): A manual for the adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy to the treatment of bipolar disorder. Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Neiswanger, K., Slaugenhaupt, S., Hughes, H., Frank, E., Frankel, D., McCarty, M., . . . Kaplan, B.B. (1990). Evidence against close linkage of unipolar affective illness to human chromosome 11p markers HRAS1 and INS and chromosome Xq marker DXS52. Biological Psychiatry, 28, 63-72.


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