Dr. Fabiana Franco

Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Neurodisorders



Editor Name:  Fabiana Franco

Educational Qualification:  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Designation:  Clinical Professor of Psychology 

Department:  Psychology 

Email: [email protected]

 BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Franco is li­censed to practice psy­chol­ogy in the state of New York, the state of Maryland, the state of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. Franco completed her internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. During her studies, she worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including clinics, medical hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and forensic settings.

In addition to working with adults, adolescents, couples and families with various clinical presentations, Dr. Franco specializes in trauma and abuse issues, PTSD, C-PTSD, multicultural issues, and forensics. She has extensive experience in individual, couples, and family psychotherapy as well as in diagnostic evaluations of adults and adolescents.  

Dr. Franco is a clinical professor of psychology at The George Washington University. In her private practice, she provides supervision to advanced doctoral students. She has authored several journal articles and has been a panelist and presenter at various national and international conferences 

Dr. Franco is a topic expert contributor at GoodTherapy.org. She is also is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. Dr. Franco is certified with a level II c-ptsd certification by the international society of trauma professionals.

Dr. Franco is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association’s Health Care Alliance, the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the National Association of French Speaking Health Professionals, the Social Integration and Community Development Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Psychology and Law Society, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Maryland chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies, the National Latino Psychological Association, the District of Columbia Psychological Association, The New York State Psychological Association, The National Association of Professional Women, a member of the Program Council for the Art,  Heart Center in Alexandria, VA and a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

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Education

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 2003

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology 2000

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

B.A. in Psychology 1995

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Associates Degree in French 1995

The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

• Informed Consent to Psychotherapy and the American Psychological Association’s Ethics

• Code (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• Ethics and Evidence-Based Practice: Are We Asking the Right Questions? (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• Ethics and Self-Care: A Developmental Lifespan Perspective (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• An African-American Male’s Journey through Graduate Education in Psychology (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• Leading with Love: Interventions to Support Families of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual

• Adolescents (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017. Challenges and Opportunities for African-American Male Psychologists (The National

• Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• Collaborative Care: Comprehensive Healthcare Done Right (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2017.

• 2-Day Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family Course: Effectively Treat Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Families (PESI, LLC) Nov, 2017.

• Assessing Wellness in Psychology: Examples from Medicine (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• The Assessment of Childhood Trauma (The National Register of Heath Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient (PESI, LLC) Dec, 2016.

• The Ethics of Multicultural Practice (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Integrated Health Care and Practice (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• 2020 Foresight: Practicing Ethically While Doing Things That Don’t Yet Exist (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Dream a Little DREAM (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Protecting Patient Privacy (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Elusive Connections Between Cancer and Emotions: A Distressing Journey for Psychologists and Their Patients (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Evidence-Based Multicultural Therapies: The Start of a New Era (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Ethical Dilemmas in Varied Practice Settings (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• Multicultural Competence: A Practitioners-Scholar’s Reflections on its Reality and its Stubborn and Longstanding Elusiveness (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2016.

• The Body Keeps Score – Trauma Healing Conference (PESI, LLC) Oct, 2015.

• Multicultural Awareness and Diversity: Powerful Strategies to Improve Client Rapport & Cultural Competency (PESI, LLC) Oct, 2015.

• Assessment of Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders: New Developments (American Psychological Association) Aug, 2014.

• Trauma Psychologists with Serious Health Concerns. Ethical, Clinical, and Professional Issues (American Psychological Association) Aug, 2014.

• Essentials of Forensic Assessment of Trauma in Civil and Criminal Litigation (American Psychological Association) Aug, 2014.

• Effectively Implement the New DSM-5 R in Your Practice (American Psychological Association) Aug, 2014.

• The African Diaspora (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Dec, 2012.

• What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications (CMI Education Institute, Inc.) Dec, 2012.

• Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Maryland: Legal and Ethical Considerations Dec, 2012.

• Revolutionizing Diagnosis & Treatment Using the DSM-5 (CMI Education Institute, Inc.) Oct, 2012.

• Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training Workshop (Center for Deployment Psychology) April, 2011.

• Becoming Americano: Has the Sleeping Giant Awakened? (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Oct, 2011.

• Diversity and Health Psychology in the Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Oct, 2011.

• Culturally Relevant Competencies When Treating American Indians/Alaska Natives (The National Register of Health Service Psychologists) Oct, 2011.

• Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Oct, 2010.

• Ethics Complaints and Malpractice Lawsuits (PESI, LLC.) Oct, 2010.

• Thirtieth Annual Conference (Anxiety Disorders Association of America) March, 2010.

• Course on Suicidal Behaviors: Practice Guideline for Assessment and Treatment (Association for the Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences) Dec, 2009.

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Course (Association for the Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences) Dec, 2009.

• 18th Annual National Expert Witness Conference (SEAK, Inc.) June, 2009.

• Ethics Course for Psychology (Association for the Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences) Jan, 2009.

• Preventing Ethical Complaints (PESI, LLC, Tele-seminar) Dec, 2008.

• Conducting Effective Mental Status and Risk Assessment (PESI, LLC, Tele-seminar Dec, 2008.

• Psychiatric Emergencies (PESI, LLC Seminar) Dec, 2008.

• Seminar on Violence (Sponsored by the DC Board of Psychology and the Children’s Health Project of DC: Children’s National Medical Center) Dec, 2008.

• DSM-IV-TR for Clinicians (PESI, LLC, Seminar) Feb, 2008.

• Treating Personality Disorders: Unifying Principles, Techniques, and Strategies Aug, 2006.

• Cutting Edge Techniques and Interdisciplinary Practice (Howard University, Washington D.C.) March, 2004.

• Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training (Rochester Psychiatric Institute, Rochester, NY) Dec, 2002 – Feb, 2003.

• Cognitive Behavior Therapy Seminar (University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY) Feb, 2002.

• Multicultural Psychology (The George Washington University) Aug, 1996-1999.

• Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, Minor (The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) Aug, 1996-2003.

• Forensic Psychiatry Training (The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) J a n – May, 1999.

• Deep Breathing, Muscle Relaxation, and Guided Imagery (The George Washington University, Washington D.C.) Sept, 1998.

Awards/Honors

• Nominated for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Award for Clinical Excellence, 2017.

• Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship, 2010.

• Hispanic/Latino Liaison, Anne Arundel County, Risk and Protective Factors Impacting Academic Performance of Latin American Students, Panelist Award, 2009.

• Universidad de Buenos Aires, Test Validity Workshop Facilitator Award, 1999.

• Center for Multicultural Human Services, Clinical Practicum Award, 1998.

• Association of University Women, Violence Workshop Facilitator Award, 1998.

• The George Washington University Graduate Fellowship, 1996-99.

• University of Utah Departmental Scholarship, 1993-95.

• American Psychological Association Honorable Mention Status, 199

• Research Fellowship, University of Utah, Minority Access to Research Careers, 1993.

• Honors Program, University of Utah, 1993-95.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

• The American Psychological Association’s Integrated Health Care Alliance, 2018

• Metro Collaborative, 2018

• Topic Expert for GoodTherapy.org, 2017 - present

• The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, 2017 - present

• Certified as a Trauma Professional by the International Trauma Training Institute, 2016 - present

• Member of the International Trauma Training Institute, 2016 - present

• Member of the Program Council for the Art and Heart Center, 2015 - present

• The National Association of Professional Woman, 2015 – present

• The Maryland Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2015 present

• Member of Worldwide Who’s Who, 2013 - present

• The International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, 2012 - present

• The District of Columbia Psychological Association, 2011 - present

• The National Latino Psychological Association, 2011 - present

• The New York State Psychological Association, 2011 - present

• The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2011 - present

• The Argentine Society for Psychotrauma, 2010 - present

• The Latin American Society for Psychotrauma, 2010 - present

• The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2010 - present

• The National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 2010 - present

• The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2009 - present

• The Social Integration and Community Development Association, 2009 - present

• The National Association for French Speaking Health Care Professionals, 2009 - present

• The National Alliance of Mental Illness, 2009 - present

• Board Member of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Chapter on Early Career Psychologists, 2008 -2011

• The Maryland Psychological Association, 2007 - present

• The Psychology and Law Division Member, American Psychological Association, 2006 - present

• The National Breast Cancer Coalition, 2002 - present

• Phi Delta Gamma, 1999 - present

• The New England Psychological Association, 1998 - present

• The Inter-American Psychological Association, 1998 - present

• The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 1998 - present

• The American Psychological Association Member, 1993 - present

Clinical Experience

Private Practice (Clinical and Consulting Services)

Provide psychotherapy, consultations, assessment, comprehensive clinical and forensic evaluations. Specialty areas include complex trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, integrative health care, forensics, and multicultural issues.

Work with professionals, adults, adolescents, couples, and families from various cultural backgrounds with diverse and complex clinical presentations.

Clinical Professor of Psychology

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

• Supervise advanced doctoral students’ clinical work

• Conduct research and write blogs and manuscripts for publication. Present clinical work and research at conferences and workshops. 

Psychology Associate (Spectrum Behavioral Health, Annapolis, MD)

• Performed diagnostic evaluations, wrote integrative reports, and conducted psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.

Psychology Associate

Parkhurst and Associates Psychological Services, Washington, D.C.

• Performed diagnostic evaluations, wrote integrative reports, and conducted individual and family therapy with ethnically diverse, adult and adolescent clients.

1. Franco, F., Karp, S. A., & Schottenbauer, M. A. (2005). The Spanish version of the Draw-A-Person Questionnaire (DAPQ). Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 27, 455-470.

2. Franco, F. & Zea, M.C. (1999). Is there a Relationship Between Acculturation Level and Depression Among Latin American Immigrants? Journal of Multicultural Health and Nursing, 5, 15-8.

3. Franco, F., Cuadra, A.M., Tabol, Ch., Zea, M.C., & Peterson, R. (1998). Factors Affecting Acculturation Level for Latin American Immigrants. Journal of Multicultural Health and Nursing, 4,37-41.

4. Franco, F., & Mikulic, M. (1998). Latinos en los Estados Unidos. Calidad de Vida en Relacion al Contexto Cultural. Anuario de Investigaciones Psychologicas. Universidad de Buenos Aires. 

5. Franco, F., Fogel, A., Messinger, D. & Frazier, C. (1996). Cultural Differences in Physical Contact Between Hispanic and Anglo Mother-Infant Dyads. Early Development and Parenting, 5, 119-127.

Articles

• Franco, F. (2018). ADHD or Early Interpersonal Trauma? Find a Psychologist.

• Franco, F. (2018). Is Trauma Driving Some Eating Disorders? GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Early Life Interpersonal Trauma and Affect Dysregulation: A Look at Biology. Psych Central.

• Franco, F. (2018). Treating Complex Trauma with Emotion-Focused Therapy. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Treatment Approaches for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Find a Psychologist.

• Franco, F. (2018). What Is Affect or Emotion Dysregulation? PsychCentral. 9

• Franco, F. (2018). How Do the Differences Between BPD and C-PTSD Affect Diagnosis. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Stressful Life Events and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Find a Psychologist.

• Franco, F. (2018). Understanding the Role of Shame in Complex Posttraumatic Stress. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Learned Helplessness and C-PTSD. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2018). Conversion Disorder, Complex Trauma, and the Mind-Body Connection. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Improving Treatment for Chronic Illness with Integrative Health Care. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Affect Dysregulation and C-PTSD. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2018). Attachment and C-PTSD: How Complex Trauma Gets in the Way. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Ansiedad en el Siglo XXI. Latin Opinion Baltimore.

• Franco, F. (2018). Complex Trauma: Dissociation, Fragmentation, and Self Understanding. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2018). Cultural Competency and C-PTSD: Why Therapists Can Never Know Enough. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). Cause or Symptom? Exploring the Link Between C-PTSD and Addiction. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2018). C-PTSD and Eating Disorders. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2017). Behavioral Medicine and Psychology. Find a Psychologist.

• Franco, F. (2017). Dissociative Identity and C-PTSD: Pop Culture’s Impact on Awareness. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2017). C-PTSD and Interpersonal Relationships. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2017). The Chronically Dissatisfied: Making the Connection Between Gratitude and Well-Being. Psych Central.

• Franco, F. (2017). Dissociation and C-PTSD: The Role of Detachment in Complex Trauma. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2017). Anxiety in the 21st Century. Psychology Everywhere.

• Franco, F. (2017). Striving for Cultural Competence in the Age of Multiple Identities. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2017). No Quick Fixes: Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma and PTSD. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2017). The Unique Features of Complex PTSD. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2017). The Challenge of Cultural Competence in Minority Mental Health Care. GoodTherapy.org.

• Franco, F. (2017). A Step Forward in Our Understanding of C-PTSD. PsychCentral.

• Franco, F. (2017). Cultural Competence in Psychology. Find a Psychologist.

Poster Presentation

1. Franco, F. (2017). Body Dysmorphic Disorder Part II. The Positive Mind. Audio podcast.

2. Franco, F. (2012). The Therapeutic Benefits of Dance Panelist for the conference: Quality of Life and Regional Development. Sponsored by the Social Integration and Community Development Association and the Program Council for the Art and Heart Center.

3. Franco, F. (2009). Social Integration of Latin American Immigrants From a Behavioral Medicine Approach. Panelist for the conference: The Social Integration of Immigrants in Maryland: A New Comprehensive Approach. Sponsored by the Social Integration and Community Development Association.

4. Franco, F. (2009). Risk and Protective Factors Impacting Academic Performance of Latin American Students Residing in the United States. Panelist for the Educational Forum of the Latin America Community. Sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Liaison, Office of the County Executive. Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, MD.

5. Franco, F., Schottenbauer, M., & Karp, S. (2006). Development of the Spanish Version of the Draw-A-Person Questionnaire. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

6. Mikulic, M., & Franco, F. (1999). Diferencias Culturales en la Percepción de Calidad de Vida Entre Latinos Residentes en Estados Unidos y Latinos Residentes en Argentina. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Psychological Association, Caracas, Venezuela.

7. Franco, F., & Zea, M.C. (1998). Is There a Relationship Between Acculturation Level and Depression Among Latin American Immigrants? Poster Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Providence, Rhode Island.

8. Franco, F., Cuadra, A. M., Tabol, Ch., Zea, M.C., & Peterson, R. (1998). Factors Affecting Acculturation Level for Latin American Immigrants. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. 

9. Franco, F., Zea, M.C., & Peterson, R. (June, 1998). The Impact of Perceived Discrimination on Acculturation Level. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Ann Arbor, MI.

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