Mark G. Frank

Mark G. Frank received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cornell University in 1989. He then received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health to do postdoctoral research in the Psychiatry Department at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, where he worked with Dr. Paul Ekman. In 1992, he joined the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and 4 years later joined the Communication Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

In 2005, he returned to his hometown by accepting a position in the Department of Communication at the University of Buffalo. He has published numerous research papers on facial expressions and interpersonal deception. He has used these findings to consult and train various law enforcement groups in the United States, such as the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the New Jersey State Troopers, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the National Response Team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department, as well as other government and local law enforcement agencies.

Overseas, Frank also has used his findings to discuss, consult with, or train law enforcement agencies, such as the Metropolitan Police Service in London (Scotland Yard), the Nottinghamshire and Kent Constabularies, the National Crime Faculty, Australian Customs, Australian Federal Police, as well as Dutch, Belgian, and Singaporean authorities. He has given workshops to the Federal Judiciary, U.S. District Court, Pennsylvania State Trial Judges, New Jersey Judicial College, the New South Wales magistrates and District Court in Australia, and the Belgian Magistrates. He has also presented a briefing on behalf of the Consortium of Social Science Agencies to the U.S. Congress on Deception and Counter-terrorism.

A leading authority on behavioral observation, Frank currently is working with the Transportation Security Administration to further develop and test the TSA's new behavioral screening program, which will be implemented in 40 major airports nationwide. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.

Frank has appeared in over 60 print, radio, and television appearances to talk about some of his work, including in the Australian Today Show, ABC Radio National, The Sydney Morning Herald, the BBC, National Public Radio, New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS' 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, The Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, CNN, Fox News Channel, and Oprah.