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Dr. Franklin's research addresses the resilience and the psychological well-being of African-Americans and especially African-American men. In the past Dr. Franklin has worked to understand the impact of racial slights and misrepresentations experienced by people of African descent and the effects of assumptions based on stereotypes held about blacks by the general public.

Team's current research endeavors to look into the manifestation of life themes represented in archived video of therapeutic support groups for African American men.


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.

Chair & Organizer, (2014, March). International Scholars Colloquium: Recreating the schools we need: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s response to the educational challenges of South Africa. Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community Based Programs, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Chair & Discussant, (2014, March). Endowed Chairs & International Committee Colloquium Series: Progress Toward UN Millennium Development Goals, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Invited Lecturer, (2014, February). “Anderson J Franklin:” A life journey in the service of human rights and social justice: Personal and Professional Reflections. Lynch School of Education Freshman Seminar, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Invited Panelist, (2013, October). Diversity requires preparing the next generation. Roundtable on the way forward. Presented at the conference on Building an Anti-Racist University sponsored by the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Co-Panelist, (2013, October) with Blattner, M., Loyd, C., & Franklin, A.J. Socio-emotional and behavioral needs of youth enrolled in afterschool. Symposium at The 13th Annual Diversity Challenge Conference of The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Invited Speaker & Trainer, (2013, September). Clinical work with African American male children and youth.  Workshop for Westcoast Children's Clinic, Oakland, CA.

Invited Speaker, (2013, September).  Family matters: Empowering players to manage the demands and expectations of loved ones.  Presented at the NFL Players Association Financial Advisor Webinar.

Co-Presenter, (2013, August) with Collins, D., Ashby, K., Landman, S., & Franklin, A.J. How do Black men talk about race: A qualitative analysis of a therapeutic support group. Poster Presentation at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Discussant, (2013, April). Education, poverty and development: Breakthroughs in addressing the subjectivity of poverty. Presidential Session at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Invited Speaker, (2013, March). Critical consciousness with pathways to diversity.  Colloquium on Critical Consciousness: Valuing Diversity and Inclusion in the Academy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.  

Invited Speaker, (2013, March). Fathers and their families. Global University Workshop on Childhood and Youth of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden presented at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.