550 Hamilton Ave, Suite 305

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Telephone: (650) 521-0028


© Frances Wren M.D.

Welcome to my practice in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy for Adults, Adolescents and Children. I opened my doors in April of 2010 when I moved to my new location in downtown Palo Alto.


I am board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology both in Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.


I am also a psychotherapist and believe strongly in the central importance of expert psychotherapy to psychiatric treatment.


I have served the San Francisco Bay area community for almost nine years as a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. I am an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and a member of the psychiatric medical staff at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.


I have worked in the field of Psychiatry for 22 years as a clinician, teacher and researcher. Since 2002 I have been listed by Best Doctor’s in America. 


I enjoy working with adults, adolescents and children and across the full range of diagnoses and dilemmas that lead to the decision to seek mental health treatment.


I have additional special experience in:


  • the treatment of depression and anxiety 
  • working with adolescents and young adults 
  • working with parents to address their own needs and those of their children
  • the mental health challenges that can accompany medical illness