Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Ph.D.

Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health

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).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

School mental health, solution-focused brief therapy, dropout prevention, at-risk youths


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
  • M.A., Spalding University
  • M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington


Faculty Publications

Special Links
Recent Articles
  • Franklin, C., & Montgomery, K. (2013). Does solution-focused brief therapy work? In J. S. Kim (Ed.), Solution-focused brief therapy: A multicultural approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Franklin, C., Kim, J. S., Ryan, T., Kelly, M. S., & Montgomery, K. L. (2012). Teacher delivery of school mental health interventions: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 973-982.
  • Lagana-Riordan, C., Aguilar, J. P., Franklin, C., Streeter, C. L., Kim, J. S., Tripodi, S. J., & Hopson, L. (2011). At-risk students perceptions of traditional schools and a solution-focused public alternative school. Preventing School Failure, 55, 105-114.
  • Kim, J. S., & Franklin, C. (2009). Solution-focused, brief therapy in schools: A review of the outcome literature. Children and Youth Services Review, 31,464-470.
  • The School Services Sourcebook – 2nd  Edition. By Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, and Paula Allen-Meares. Published by Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Solution-focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence Based Practice. By Cynthia Franklin, Terry Trepper, Eric McCollum, and Wallace Gingerich. Published by Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • The Church Leader’s Counseling Resource Book: A Guide to Mental Health and Social Problems. Edited By Cynthia Franklin. Ph.D. and Rowena Fong, Ed.D. Published by Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Clinical Assessment for Social Workers – 3rd Edition. By Catheleen Jordan and Cynthia Franklin. Published by Lyceum Press.

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Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358