Fred Frankel, Ph.D.


Director, Parenting and Children's Friendship Program

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Professor In-Residence, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: 310-825-0776

Mailing Address:

300 Medical Plaza
Ste 1402
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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.


A selected list of publications:

O’Connor, M.J., Frankel, F., Paley, B., Schonfeld, A.M., Carpenter, E., Laugeson, E. & Marquardt, R.   A controlled social skills training for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, , Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2006; 74: 639-648.
  Executive Functioning Predicts Social Skills Following Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2006; 27: 396-404.
Schonfeld, A.M., Paley, B., Frankel, F. & O'Connor, M.J.   Executive Functioning Predicts Social Skills Following Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. , Child Neuropsychology, 2006; 12: 439-452.
Carpenter, E., Frankel, F., Marina, M., Duan, N. & Smalley, S.L.   Internet treatment delivery of parent-adolescent conflict training for families with an ADHD Teen: A Feasibility study. , Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 2004; 26: 1-20.
Frankel, F. & Feinberg, D.   Social problems associated with ADHD vs ODD in children referred for friendship problems, Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 2002; 33: 125-146.
Frankel, F., Myatt, R., Cantwell, D.P. & Feinberg, D.T.   Do stimulants improve self-esteem in children with ADHD and peer problems?, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 1999; 9: 185-194.
Frankel, F.   Videotaped Assessment of Parenting Practices: A Preliminary Report. , Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 1998; 13: 113-118.
Frankel, F., Myatt, R., Cantwell, D.P. & Feinberg, D.T.   Parent Assisted Children’s Social Skills Training: Effects on Children With and Without Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. , Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997; 36: 1056-1064.
Frankel, F., Myatt, R., Cantwell, D.P. & Feinberg, D.T.   Use of Child Behavior Checklist and DSM-III-R Diagnosis in Predicting Outcome of Children's Social Skills Training. , Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 1997; 28: 149-161.
Frankel, F. & Myatt, R   Self-Esteem, Social Competence, and Psychopathology in Boys without Friends. , Personality and Individual Differences, 1996; 20: 401-407.
Frankel, F., Myatt, R. & Cantwell, D.P.   Training outpatient boys to conform with the social ecology of popular peers: Effects on parent and teacher ratings. , Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 1995; 24: 300-310.
Frankel, F. & Myatt, R.   A dimensional approach to the assessment of social competence in boys, Psychological Assessment, 1994; 6: 249-254.
Frankel, F.   A brief test of parental behavior skills, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,, 1993; 24: 227-231.
Frankel, F., Hanna, G.L., Cantwell, D.P., Shekim, W.O. & Ornitz, E   Cluster analysis of child behavior checklists of 6-11 year old males with varying degrees of behavior disorder, Child Psychiatry and Human Development,, 1992; 23: 69-85.
Frankel, F. & Simmons, J.Q.   Parent behavioral training: Why and when some parents drop out. , Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 1992; 21: 322-330.
Frankel, F. & Weiner, H.   The Child Conflict Index: Factor analysis, reliability, and validity for clinic-referred and non-referred children. , Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 1990; 19: 239-248.