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Lynch School of Education

Anderson J Franklin

professor, honorable david s. nelson professional chair,
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

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Campion Hall
Room 244


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D, University of Oregon
M.S., Howard University
B.A., Virginia Union University



Psychological well-being, resilience and health of African Americans, the impact of stereotypes and invisibility upon African American males and females. Psychotherapy and counseling interventions with adolescent and adult men and families, with a specialty on men of African descent.



2012, Groundbreakers Award from All Stars Project Annual Gala presented at David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York City.

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon

Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Oregon College of Education (2010)

American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for outstanding service as Distinguished Elder/Senior Psychologist (2009 National Multicultural Conference and Summit)

Association of Black Psychologists (Distinguished Psychologist)

New York Association of Black Psychologists (Distinguished Psychologist)

American Psychological Association (Fellow)

American Orthopsychiatric Association (Fellow)

Saul Z. Cohen Distinguished Chair in Child and Family Services (visiting lecturer, trainer and consultant), Jewish Board for Child and Family Services, New York (2003-2005)

Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar & Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University, Institute for Urban and Minority Education (February, 2005)

Dalmus A. Taylor Award (for pioneering leadership, scholarship and aggressive advocacy for inclusion of persons of color in higher education and psychology), The 2005 National Multicultural Conference and Summit

Distinguished Contribution to the Minority Fellowship Program Award, American Psychological Association, 2004

President's Award, The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, 2003


Elected Member (2012-2014), Executive Committee, Board of Professional Affairs, American Psychological Association

Appointed Convention Chair (2013-2014), Board of Professional Affairs, Convention Program Chair for 2014 American Psychological Association Convention

Member (2014), 2014 Board of Professional Affairs Awards Committee, American Psychological Association

Member (2014), Society for Counseling Psychology Representatives, American Psychological Association Governance Group

Member (2013-2014), Sage Fellowship Awards Committee, Association of Black Psychologists

International Member (2014), Advisory Board, Centre for Community Schools, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth South Africa

Member (2014), Undergraduate Program Task Force, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Member (2014), Committee on Positive Youth Development Certificate, Counseling Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College




Franklin, A.J. (2013). Black men in therapy.  Book proposal in preparation.

Franklin, A.J. (2004). From Brotherhood to Manhood: How Black men rescue their relationships and dreams from the invisibility syndrome. New York: John Wiley & Son.

Boyd-Franklin, N., Franklin, A. J. & Toussaint, P. (2000). Boys into Men: Raising our African American teenage sons. New York: Dutton.


Franklin, A.J. (2014). Invisibility syndrome and racial identity development in psychotherapy and counseling African American men.  In Vaughns, K. & Spielberg, W. (Eds.). Psychology of Black boys and adolescents. New York: Praeger Press. (Reprinted from The Counseling Psychologist, 27(6), 761-793, 1999, November).

Franklin, A.J. & Medvide, M.B. (2013).  Psychotherapy and integration of the psychology of working in therapeutic practices.  In D.L. Blustein (Ed). the handbook of the psychology of working.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Franklin, A.J. (2009). Another side of invisibility:  Present and responsible Black fathers.  In C.Z. Oren & D.C. Oren (Eds.). Counseling fathers: Practical, theoretical, and cultural perspectives (pp. 121-140). New York: Routledge Publishers.

Franklin, A.J., Oscar, S., Guishard, S., Faulkner, S. & Zauber, A. (2007). A psychosocial model of resilience theory and research:  A recommended paradigm for studying African Americans' beliefs and practices toward colon cancer screening.  In B. Wallace (Ed.). Toward Equity in Health:  A New Global Approach to Health Disparities. New York:  Springer Publications. 

Franklin, A.J. (2006). A dialogue about gender, race, and invisibility in psychotherapy with African American men. In J.C. Muran (Ed.). Dialogues on difference: Diversity studies of the therapeutic relationship (pp. 117-131). Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Franklin, A.J. (2006). Truth in advertising: Therapeutic competence means undoing racism and sexism. In J.C. Muran (Ed.). Dialogues on difference: Studies in Diversity in the therapeutic relationship (pp. 146-150). Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Franklin, A.J., Boyd-Franklin, N., & Draper, C.V. (2002). A psychological and educational perspective on black parenting. In H. P. McAdoo (Ed.). Black children: Social, educational, and parental environments (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Franklin, A.J. & Davis, T. (2001). Therapeutic support groups as a primary intervention for issues of fatherhood with African American men. In J. Fagan & A. J. Hawkins (Eds.). Clinical and educational interventions with fathers. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.



Franklin, A. J., Makiwane, M., & Makusha, T. (In press). Male attitudes towards children, fatherhood, and childrearing: A descriptive profile from South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). The Open Family Studies Journal.

Franklin, A. J., Chen, M., N’cho, H.S., Capawana, M. R., & Hoogasian, R.O. (2014, November). Consensual qualitative research analysis of a therapeutic support group session for African American men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Advance online publication.

Sirey, J.A., Franklin, A. J., McKenzie, S.E., Ghosh, S. & Raue, P.J. (2014, April). Race, stigma, and mental health referrals among clients of aging services who screened positive for depression. Psychiatric Services, 65(4), 537-540.

Franklin, A.J., (2013, March 27). Opinion & Analysis (Op-Ed Section): In My View: Creating University Diversity. The Herald Newspaper of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape South Africa, p.18.

Franklin, A.J. (2009, October). Reflections on ethnic minority psychology. Learning from our past so the present informs our future. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15(4), 416-424.



Discussant/Symposium, (2015, January). Psychology without Borders: Exploring International Competencies for Science, Service, Training, and Policy. National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, GA.

Invited Speaker, (2014, November). Masculinity Transformations: Studying Trends and Male Roles. Presented at the 2014 Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.

Invited Speaker & Trainer, (2014, September). Working Effectively with Black Males: Family, Parenting, Trauma, and Issues of Invisibility. Professional Development Workshop, Kente Circle Family Services & Coalition of Community Service Organizations, Minneapolis, MN.

Collins, D., Ashby, K., & Franklin, A.J., (2014, August). Uncovering Black male perspectives on racial tensions. Poster session presented at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Collins, D., Ashby, K., & Franklin, A.J., (2014, August). Listening to Black Male Voices: A qualitative analysis of Black male identity. Poster session presented at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Presenter/Symposium, (2014, August). Interpretation of themes in Black Men's groups aided by consensual qualitative research. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Invited Speaker, (2014, July). Therapy with African American Men: Challenges of invisibility, utilization, and interventions. 46th Annual International Convention of the Association of Black Psychologists, Indianapolis, IN.

Invited Speaker, (2014, June). Session on Key Research Highlights: Kenneth Clark’s Impact on Brown vs. Board of Education: Celebration of 75th Anniversary of the Psychology Department, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY.

Discussant, (2014, April). Innovations in Addressing the Education and Poverty Crisis: The Importance of Researching “Outside of School.” Annual Convention of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.



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