Fred Frankel, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Since 1982, Dr. Frankel has been the Director of the UCLA Parent Training and Children's Friendship Programs. His current research interests are in extending his studies of the effectiveness of Children's Friendship Training to community settings with different populations, including high-functioning autism (UCLA CART), childhood obesity, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Dr. Frankel is the Principal Investigator on the current CART project, "Parent-Assisted Friendship Training in Autism," which focuses on the friendships of high-functioning children with autism who are included in typical elementary school classrooms from grades two to five. This study is based upon the Dr. Frankel's published treatment manual, Children's Friendship Training (2002). Dr. Frankel received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Irvine in 1971 and joined the UCLA faculty in 1973.
Frankel Frederick D, Gorospe Clarissa M, Chang Ya-Chih, Sugar Catherine A Mothers' reports of play dates and observation of school playground behavior of children having high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2011; 52(5): 571-9.