I am a National Institute of Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in general psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. I have recently taken up a senior lecturer position at Tel Aviv University. Prior to this, I completed a PhD and a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professors James Rowe and Daniel Wolpert.
My broad research interest is in the interplay between cognition and action in humans. My previous work has been on volition, perception of action and cognitive contributions to motor control, mainly in healthy adults and in older populations, including in patients with neurodegenerative conditions. Currently, I am investigating the mechanism by which deficits in motivation impair the engagement in goal-directed behaviour in patients and in old age. For my research, I use computational neuroscience and neuroimaging methods.
Frank has recently completed his PhD at Cambridge, looking at the drivers of the decision to initiate or to stop a voluntary action. He is interested in using computational models of behaviour to better understand the mechanisms underlying impairments in motivation and inhibitory control. To this end, he uses hierarchical Bayesian modelling for robust estimation of relevant parameters that may go awry in clinical conditions. Prior to Cambridge, Frank completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Leiden University.