Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Neurology


Biographical Sketch 2020


W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD, MPH, FAAN, FANPA, DFAPA, is the Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Alpert Medical School, Brown University.  He is the neuropsychiatrist for the RIH Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Staff Physician at the Providence VAMC, clinical lead of the VA National Telemental Health Center Tele-Seizures Clinic, and a faculty member of the Brown Institute for Brain Science.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and his master of public health from Brown University. He completed the combined residency in neurology and psychiatry at Brown, and he is boarded in both neurology and in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  After residency, he completed a Clinical Research Fellowship in Combined Treatments at Brown University with an institutional NIH T-32 National Research Service Award.

He is the recipient of awards, recognitions and grants, including the American Neuropsychiatric Association’s Career Development Award, the AAN’s Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award, and Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World. He has served on the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) Professional Advisory Board, chaired American Epilepsy Society (AES) and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Task Forces, as a steward for the AES/NINDS Epilepsy Benchmarks. He is on the Board of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society and on the Council of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. 

He has received grants from the EF, AES, Siravo Foundation, the VA, an NINDS K23 Award for treatment of nonepileptic seizures (5K23 NS045902) and the DoD for seizure and TBI biomarkers. He has served as research advisor or mentor to over 70 psychiatry, neurology and neuropsychiatry residents, faculty and undergraduates in neurobiology and psychology since 2004. He trains clinicians around the country using distance supervision in treatment for seizures and somatoform disorders.

His research interests focus on developing treatments and biomarkers of seizures, neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy, conversion disorders and TBI. His studies are published in neurology and psychiatry journals. He served on the editorial boards of Epilepsy & Behavior, Epilepsia, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, and Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, and is co-editor of the 3rd and 4th edition of Nonepileptic Seizures and co-author of Taking Control of Your Seizures: Workbook and Therapist Guide.   

A goal of his work at Brown, nationally and internationally has been to bridge neurology and psychiatry clinical practice and scientific research and to dissolve arbitrary boundaries between the two fields. 

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