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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Guido Frank, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Board Certified

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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

Eating Disorders

Care Philosophy

I am board certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, I received extensive formal training in psychotherapy (CBT, family therapy, dynamic therapy, Feldenkrais, hypnotherapy). This combination of clinical training together with my training and experience in brain research gives me a fairly unique perspective on psychiatric disorders and treatment, taking into account all aspects of past and current experience together with potential biological underpinnings, as well as foster a neuroscience based approach to treatment. My utmost goal in this work is to improve the quality of life of the individual as well as the family system that a patient is embedded in. This starts with an empathic approach, careful assessment, thoughtful recommendation of treatment options and providing the family with the experience that their feedback is always welcome and that treatment is happening in a collaborative manner and taking all aspects of importance including culture specific experiences and attitudes into account. My extensive training in psychotherapy has always given me a special background to connect with and treat my patients in that way. One of my psychotherapy teachers once said that every patient has the right to be convinced that the treatment the clinician offers is appropriate and likely to be of help. I have always worked with families in that spirit and I believe this makes it easier for families to engage in the treatment process. A special emphasis of mine is always that the child or adolescent is as much as possible involved in the decision-making process and takes ownership in the process of treatment.


  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ( 2012 )
  • Psychiatry ( 2008 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Mental Health and Behavior

    Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Eating Disorders

  • Child and Teen Health

Interests & Activities

Personal Interests

Eating Disorders

Volunteer Activities

Service in the academic field as manuscript editor or reviewer and service in various organizations such as the Academy for Eating Disorders as committee chair, board of directors member and treasurer.

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich - Munich, Germany (1994)


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2001)

Residency Program

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2004)


University of California (San Diego) Program (2007)

Professional Memberships

Academy for Eating Disorders, Member

American Academy of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry, Member

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Member

American Psychiatric Association, Member

Bavarian and German Medical Association, Member

Eating Disorder Research Society, Member

Society of Biological Psychiatry, Member

Research & Grants


Brain Reward-Pathway Function and Neurocomputational Modeling in Anorexia Nervosa (2008)

Brain Reward Circuits and Computational Modeling in Adolescent Anorexia (2012)

Taste reward circuits and prediction error define eating disorder psychopathology (2014)

Neural Effects of Negative Affect on Food Choices and Reward In Individuals with Binge Eating Episodes (2017)

Research Interests for Patients

My research interests are primarily focused on investigating brain biology that underlies eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. We are especially interested in understanding what biological circuits in the brain drive for instance food restriction, binge eating, or anxiety associated with body image. Ultimately, we hope that we identify medication that will make treatment easier, faster and more successful.

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(720) 777-6200

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

Eating Disorders

Research Interest for Referring Providers

My research interests are primarily focused on the neurobiology of eating disorders. My lab uses brain imaging methods to better understand the neurobiology underlying behaviors such as food restriction in anorexia nervosa or binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.