Cynthia G S Franklin, PhD, LCSW, LMFT

Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, School of Social Work; Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health; Professor (Medical)

1988 …2019
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Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D., is the Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Franklin also holds a faculty fellow appointment at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk in the Department of Special Education. She has over 150 publications in the professional literature and is a world-renowned scholar in school mental health. Her research examines the practice and effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy with children and adolescents. She is the current Editor-in Chief for the Encyclopedia of Social Work and is the author of several books including, The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-based Professionals (Oxford University Press), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-base Practice (Oxford University. Over the past twenty-five years, Franklin has worked as a therapist, consultant, trainer and researcher for schools and mental health agencies. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and holds practice licenses in clinical social work (LCSW) and marriage and family therapy (LMFT).

Franklin's research include a meta-analysis of RCT studies on school mental health services; efficacy and effectiveness studies on solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT); and studies and systematic reviews of SFBT for the purposes of developing SFBT into an empirically supported treatment. Studies and systematic reviews have resulted in SFBT being recognized by Federal agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (2013). Taking Charge, an intervention that she helped develop for Latina adolescents, was also recognized as a promising practice by OJJDP and was added to the Crime Solutions model programs guide (2013).

Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

M.A., Spalding University

M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington

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Research Output 1988 2019

Characteristics of Effective School-Based, Teacher-Delivered Mental Health Services for Children

Park, S., Guz, S., Zhang, A., Beretvas, S. N., Franklin, C. & Kim, J. S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Research on Social Work Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health Services
health service
mental health

Cognitive behavioral therapy for primary care depression and anxiety: a secondary meta-analytic review using robust variance estimation in meta-regression

Zhang, A., Borhneimer, L. A., Weaver, A., Franklin, C., Hai, A. H., Guz, S. & Shen, L., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 42, 6, p. 1117-1141 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Cognitive Therapy
Primary Health Care
1 Citation (Scopus)

Solution-focused brief therapy for Chilean primary care patients: Exploring a linguistic adaptation

González Suitt, K., Franklin, C. G. S., Cornejo, R., Castro, Y. & Smock Jordan, S., Jan 2 2019, In : Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 18, 1, p. 103-128 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

patient care
Primary Health Care

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Individuals With Alcohol Use Disorders in Chile

González Suitt, K., Geraldo, P., Estay, M. & Franklin, C., Jan 1 2019, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 29, 1, p. 19-35 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social worker
8 Citations (Scopus)

The effectiveness of four empirically supported psychotherapies for primary care depression and anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Jing, S., Bornheimer, L. A., Hai, A. H., Himle, J. A., Kong, D. & Ji, Q., Feb 15 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 245, p. 1168-1186 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Primary Health Care