Dr. Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, FRCPCH, FAAN (UCSF)

Professor of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF  
Dr. Franck holds the Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and is the Co-Principal Investigator – California, for the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi). The PTBi is a multi-year, transdisciplinary research and implementation initiative to reduce the burden of preterm birth, funded by Marc and Lynne Benioff and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Franck has extensive experience in leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct clinical research to improve the quality and safety of hospital care for infants and children. She has a particular interest in improving the patient and family experience of health care and has pioneered interventions to engage parents and children as partners in pain management and in research to improve quality of care and quality of life for children and their families. Dr. Franck’s current work focuses on reducing disparities in health and health care access for women at risk for preterm birth and on improving care and outcomes for preterm infants. She is leading new research to engage women from communities at high socio-demographic risk for preterm birth in research strategy setting and incorporating mobile technology to further enhance patient and family engagement in healthcare. Dr. Franck received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her master’s degree and PhD in nursing from UCSF. She rejoined the UCSF faculty in 2010, after a decade at the University College London, Institute of Child Health, where she was the first Chair of Children’s Nursing Research in the UK.


  • Franck LS, McLemore MR, Cooper N, De Castro B, Gordon AY, Williams S, Rand LR. A novel method for involving women of color at high risk for preterm birth in research priority setting. JoVE (in press).
  • Horvath H, Brindis CD, Reyes EM, Yamey G, Franck LS. Preterm birth: the role of knowledge transfer and exchange.Health Research Policy and Systems 201715:78. doi: 10.1186/s12961-017-0238-0
  • Davidson JE, Aslakson RA, Long AC, Puntillo KA, Kross EK, Hart J, Cox CE, Wunsch H, Wickline MA, Nunnally ME, Netzer G, Kentish-Barnes N, Sprung CL, Hartog C, Coombs M, Gerritsen RT, Hopkins RO, Franck LS, Skrobik Y, Kon AA, Scruth EM, Harvey MA, Lewis-Newby M, White DB, Swoboda SM, Cooke CR, Levy MM, Azoulay E, Curtis JR. Guidelines for family-centered care in the neonatal, pediatric and adult intensive care units. Crit Care Med 2017 Jan;45(1):103-128. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002169.
  • Lyndon A, Jacobson C, Fagan KM, Wisner K, Franck LS. Parents’ Perspectives on Safety in Neonatal Intensive Care: A Mixed-Methods Study BMJQS 2014;23:902-–909. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003009.
  • Paradis E, Reeves S, Leslie M, Aboumatar H, Chesluk B, Clark PG, Courtnay M, Franck L, Lamb G, Lyndon A, Puntillo K, Schmidt M, van Soeren M, Wachter RM, Zwarenstein M, Gropper MA, S Kitto. Exploring the nature of interprofessional collaboration and family member involvement in an intensive care context. J Interprof Care 2014 Jan 28(1):74-5. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2013.781141.