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Frank W. Putnam, MD

Adjunct Professor, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-7001


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Clinical Interests

Child Abuse and Neglect; dissociative disorders; maternal depression

Research Interests

Child maltreatment; maternal depression; dissociative disorder; dissemination of evidence-based practices in community setting


Following his training in adult psychiatry at Yale University, Frank W. Putnam, MD, joined the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD, studying biological rhythms and neuroendocrine systems in rapid cycling bipolar patients. There he encountered a large number of psychiatric patients who reported histories of child maltreatment.

Dr. Putnam began working with patients who suffered from trauma-related disorders, pioneering studies of brain electrical activity mapping and other techniques in this area. Working with adult victims of child abuse, Dr. Putnam became convinced that research with abused children was critical to understanding and reversing the negative psychological and biological effects of maltreatment.

In 1986, Dr. Putnam started a longitudinal research study of sexually abused girls with Penelope Trickett, PhD, a developmental psychologist at the University of Southern California. This study continues under the direction of Jennie Noll, PhD, and has produced a great deal of new information about the long-term effects of maltreatment on child development.

Convinced many of the lessons learned in this research can be applied to treatment of child abuse, Dr. Putnam left the NIMH to head the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and to be director of the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, specializing in the transfer of evidence-based practices to community mental health providers.

The mission of the Center for Safe and Healthy Children is to develop a national child abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment center that develops and disseminates evidence-based interventions for the many negative effects of child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Putnam is on the advisory board for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

Education and Training

MD: Indiana University Medical School, 1975.

MA: Indiana University, 1974.

Residency: Adult Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 1976-79.

Fellowship: George Washington University, Washington DC, 1986-89.

Certification: Adult Psychiatry 1980; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1992.


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Continuum of Trauma Care. Principal Investigator. 2009 - 2012.