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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2021-2023 Faculty and Administration Biographies Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Emerita  

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Emerita

Ph.D., Columbia University

Nancy Boyd-Franklin is an African American, a clinical psychologist, and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.  She is the author of numerous professional articles and chapters and seven books including: Black Families in Therapy: A Multisystems Approach (Guilford Press, 1989) and an editor of Children, Families and HIV/AIDS (Guilford Press, 1995). Her books include Reaching Out in Family Therapy: Home-based, School and Community Interventions with Dr. Brenna Bry (Guilford Press, 2000) and Boys Into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons with Dr. A.J. Franklin. (Plume, 2001). The second edition of Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience was published in 2003. Her book entitled Therapy in the Real World: Effective Treatments for Challenging Problems was released by Guilford Press in 2013. Her most recent book entitled Working with At-Risk Adolescents: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Achievement Mentoring with Dr. Brenna Bry was published in 2018.

An internationally recognized lecturer and author, Dr. Boyd-Franklin has written articles on issues such as the Multisystems Model, multicultural treatment approaches, cultural competency, ethnicity and family therapy, the treatment of African-American families, extended family issues, spirituality and religion, home-based family therapy, group therapy for black women, HIV and AIDS, parent and family support groups, and community empowerment.

Dr. Boyd-Franklin has received numerous awards from professional organizations. These have included: an Honorary Doctorate from the Phillips Graduate Institute in 2006; the Janet Helms Award for mentoring and scholarship from the Teachers College Multicultural  Roundtable in 2013; the Ernest E. McMahon Award from Rutgers University in 2005 for the development of a creative, multilevel community intervention; and the Solomon Carter Fuller Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2005 for outstanding contributions to the field through scholarship and programs related to the treatment of African Americans. The Graduate Student Association at Rutgers (GSAPP) in 2004 gave her the Professor of the Year Award. In 2003, she received the Ethnic and Racial Diversity Award from the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. Division 43 of the American Psychological Association acknowledged her work with the Family Psychologist of the Year Award in 2003. In 2001, she received the Drs. Charles and Shirley Thomas Award from Division 45 of the American Psychological Association. She received the Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from the Association of Black Social Workers in 2001 and the Distinguished Psychologist of the Year Award from the Association of Black Psychologists in 1994. In 1995, she was invited by President Bill Clinton to present her community and family interventions at the first White House Conference on AIDS. 
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