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Karen A. Frankel, PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Info:
Bldg. 500, Level 2, Rm. N2219

Phone: 303-724-3725
Email:  Dr. Frankel

Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Frankel is interested in infant and early childhood mental health services, child abuse and neglect, child trauma therapy, diagnosis and the DC:0-3R diagnostic classification system, and consultation to child care facilities, and infant and toddler behavioral medicine.

Oberlin College  BA  1978

Indiana University  PhD  1985

Society for Research in Child Development, 1985-1989

Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG), 1985-2000

American Psychological Association, 1989-1993

International Society for Infant Studies, 1989-1999

Member, Executive Committee, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, UCSM, 1991-1997

Member, Diagnostic Classification Task Force, Zero To Three/National Center for Infant, Toddlers and Families, 1995-present

Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2000-present

Member, BLOOM/Harris/JFK Partnership, Train the Trainers Initiative, UCHSC, 2004-present

Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2004-present

Member, Capacity Building Committee for Early Childhood Mental Health, JFK/University of Colorado-Denver (UCD) Collaboration, Denver, CO, 2004-2008

Consulting Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2005-present

National Trainer, DC0-3 R Diagnostic Classification System, Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, 2006-present

Reviewer, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2006-present

World Association for Infant Mental Health, 2007-present

Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, 2008-present

Member, Advisory Board for the Leadership Institute, Health Connect One, Chicago, 2008-present 

Infant Mental Health Diversity Tenets Task Force, Harris Professional Development Network, National, 2012-present​

Selected Publications:

Frankel, K.A.& Harmon R.J. (1996). Depressed mothers: They don't always look as bad as they feel. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry35 (3), 289-298.

Harmon, R.J., & Frankel, K.A. (1997). Growth and development of an infant mental health program: An integrated perspective. Infant Mental Health Journal18(2), 126-134.

Frankel, K.A.& Wamboldt, M.Z. (1998). Child chronic illness and maternal mental health--Why should we care? Journal of Asthma35 (8), 621-630.

Frankel, K.A., & Harmon, R.J. (2000). Advanced training in infant mental health: A multi-disciplinary perspective. In J.D. Osofsky & H.E. Fitzgerald (eds.), WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Vol. 2 (pp. 313-333). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Frankel, K.A.Bair, K. & Walker, P. (2000). Learning together.  Zero To Three Bulletin20 (6), 42-43.

Frankel, K.A.Boyum, L.A., & Harmon, R.J. (2004). Diagnoses and presenting symptoms in an Infant Psychiatry Clinic: Comparison of two diagnostic systems. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry43(5), 578-587.

Bromberg, S., Backman, T., Krow, J. & Frankel, K.A. (2009).  The Haven Mother’s House Modified Therapeutic Community: Meeting the gap in infant mental health services for pregnant and parenting mothers with drug addiction. Infant Mental Health Journal, 31(3), 255-276.

St. John, M.S., Thomas, K., Noroña, C.R., Irving Harris Foundation Professional Development Tenet Work Group (2012).  Infant Mental Health Professional Development: Together in the Struggle for Social Justice. Zero to Three Journal, 33(2), 13-22.

Frankel, K.A., Croy, C.D., Kubicek, L.F., Emde, R.N., Mitchell, C.M. & Spicer, P. (2013) Toddler Socioemotional Behavior in a Northern Plains Indian Tribe: Associations with Maternal Psychosocial Well-being, Infant Mental Health Journal, DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21422.

Willoughby, J.C., Murgolo, M.A., Carubia, B.A., Carter, D.R. & Frankel, K.A. (2013). Melding Infant Mental Health and Multisystemic Therapy Approaches to Community Based Treatment: Reflection and Action, Zero to Three, 33 (6), 11-16

Contracts for training and program consultation/clinical supervision with Early Head Start and other early childhood mental health agencies locally and state-wide, 1997-present

Recipient, Clinical Training Grant, The Harris Foundation, "The Irving Harris Training Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health" (renewal), 2007-2011