President & CEO
Dr. Robert Franks is president and CEO of Judge Baker Children’s Center and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Franks has been working in the field of children’s behavioral health for over 25 years. He specializes in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices and programs in children’s behavioral health. He has worked in academic settings, non-profit institutions, medical centers and the community to improve the quality of behavioral health care for children and families. Dr. Franks has worked across multiple child serving sectors at the local and national level including pediatrics, behavioral health, education, juvenile justice and child welfare. Over the course of his career, he has led numerous statewide workforce development initiatives to implement a wide range of best and evidence based practices and programs. Dr. Franks believes that early identification and treatment of behavioral health problems is critical to lifelong health and well-being. As CEO of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, he works at the policy, systems, and practice levels to create sustainable change and improve access to quality behavioral health care leading to lifelong positive outcomes for children and families.