Lauren Franz, MBChB, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health

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Dr Franz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Global Health at Duke University. As a global mental health clinical researcher, Dr Franz focuses on improving access to evidence-based treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders in sub-Saharan Africa and other low resource settings. She is the recipient of an early career development award from the National Institutes of Mental Health to adapt and implement the parent- Early Start Denver Model intervention for children with autism and their families in South Africa. Dr Franz is a certified Early Start Denver Model therapist and parent coach.

Representative Publications

Guler, J, de Vries, PJ, Seris, N, Shabalala, N, & Franz, L. (2018). The importance of context in early autism intervention: A qualitative South African study. Autism : the International Journal of Research and Practice, 22 (8), 1005-1017.


Franz, L, Adewumi, K, Chambers, N, Viljoen, M, Baumgartner, JN, & de Vries, PJ. (2018). Providing early detection and early intervention for autism spectrum disorder in South Africa: stakeholder perspectives from the Western Cape province(Accepted). Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 30(3).


Murias, M, Major, S, Davlantis, K, Franz, L, Harris, A, Rardin, B, Sabatos-DeVito, M, & Dawson, G. (2018). Validation of eye-tracking measures of social attention as a potential biomarker for autism clinical trials. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 11 (1), 166-174.


Franz, L, Chambers, N, von Isenburg, M, & de Vries, PJ. (2017). Autism spectrum disorder in sub-Saharan Africa: A comprehensive scoping review. Autism Research : Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 10 (5), 723-749.


Dawson, G, Sun, JM, Davlantis, KS, Murias, M, Franz, L, Troy, J, Simmons, R, Sabatos-DeVito, M, Durham, R, & Kurtzberg, J. (2017). Autologous Cord Blood Infusions Are Safe and Feasible in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Single-Center Phase I Open-Label Trial. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 6 (5), 1332-1339.


Maselko, J, Sikander, S, Bangash, O, Bhalotra, S, Franz, L, Ganga, N, Rajan, DG, O'Donnell, K, & Rahman, A. (2016). Child mental health and maternal depression history in Pakistan. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51 (1), 49-62.


Zucker, N, Copeland, W, Franz, L, Carpenter, K, Keeling, L, Angold, A, & Egger, H. (2015). Psychological and Psychosocial Impairment in Preschoolers With Selective Eating. Pediatrics, 136 (3), e582-e590.


Maselko, J, Sikander, S, Bhalotra, S, Bangash, O, Ganga, N, Mukherjee, S, Egger, H, Franz, L, Bibi, A, Liaqat, R, Kanwal, M, Abbasi, T, Noor, M, Ameen, N, & Rahman, A. (2015). Effect of an early perinatal depression intervention on long-term child development outcomes: follow-up of the Thinking Healthy Programme randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Psychiatry, 2 (7), 609-617.


Towe-Goodman, NR, Franz, L, Copeland, W, Angold, A, & Egger, H. (2014). Perceived family impact of preschool anxiety disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53 (4), 437-446.


Franz L, Costello EJ, Copeland W, Towe-Goodman N, Angold A, Egger HL. (2013) Preschool anxiety disorders in pediatric primary care: prevalence and comorbidity. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52 (12): 1294-1303.