Cynthia Franklin, Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health and associate dean for doctoral education in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, is the recipient of the 2020 Donna Harrington Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students.

This award is given by GADE (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work) to recognize exemplary mentorship to doctoral students.

Franklin’s career bridges clinical practice, research, teaching, and leadership. She was named one of the 100 most Influential contemporary social work faculty for the overall impact of her more than 200 publications (Journal of Social Service Research, 2019).  Franklin was honored with the Gary Lee Shaffer award for academic contributions to the field of school social work and was also inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Franklin received the designation “Social Work Pioneer” from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for her unique dedication and commitment to improve social and human conditions. She was also recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.