The Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair; Professor, Counseling Psychology
A.J. Franklin’s interest in the African-American experience—particularly for men—has led to varied and thorough research into the psychological wellbeing, resilience, and health of the black community, the impact of stereotypes, and more. His expertise spans gender and sexual orientation, social oppression, racism, and culture.
A longtime professor of psychology, Franklin joined the Lynch School in 2007 and now serves as Honorable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of the Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community-Based Programs. While his current work focuses primarily on “invisibility syndrome” in black males, Anderson also studies Out of School Time and Care Workers' factors impacting child and youth socio-emotional development.
Franklin earned his master’s degree from Howard University, his doctorate from University of Oregon, and his post-doctorate from the University of Michigan. His dozens of honors and awards include the Distinguished Warrior Award from the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education and the Groundbreakers Award from All Stars Project Annual Gala.
A licensed psychologist, Franklin has authored several books and many scholarly articles. He presents around the world and boasts a civil rights legacy as a member of the Richmond 34—a group of students arrested in sit-ins that led to desegregation in Virginia.
Keynote Speaker, (2017, August). Out of School Time Intervention Strategies Supporting Development of Youth of Color. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
Weber, A., Fagan, K., & Franklin, A.J., (2017, August). Utilizing Network Analysis to Assess Interprofessional Collaboration in the Delivery of Services to Children and Families. Poster Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
Blattner, M.C.C. & Franklin, A.J., (2017, August). Socio-emotional Learning through Growth-Promoting Instruction in Out-of-School Time Programs: Implications for Counselor Intervention. Poster Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
DuPerry, K., Davis, P., & Franklin, A.J., (2017, August). Modifying Consensual Qualitative Research Methods for Analyzing Archived Video Counseling Sessions. Poster Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
Invited Speaker/Panelist, (2017, March). Lynch School Town Hall: A discussion on the new federal administration and education policy, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Chair & Organizer, (2017, March). Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community-Based Programs: Shared Leadership, Shared Outcomes in partnership with the Boston Promise Initiative, hosted by Office of the Nelson Professional Chair, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Invited Speaker/Discussant, (2017, March). Participatory roundtable model – coalition building in community and university partnerships, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Invited Speaker/Discussant, (2017, March). Engagement session with the Faculty of Education and students, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Co-Presenter, (2017, March). Transformative Trends in the Social Status of South African and USA Males. Seminar hosted by the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Guest Lecturer, (2017, March). Lecture on the role of engagement in university pursuits hosted by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Teaching & Learning, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Invited Speaker, (2017, February). Family & Fatherhood: Global challenges and need for intervention strategies. Presentation to the UN NGO Committee on the Family, United Nations, New York, NY
Presenter, (2017, February). Endowed Chairs Colloquium Series: The impact of inequities upon the African American Community, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Invited Speaker, (2017, February). Invisibility Syndrome: Understanding stereotype threats to achievement and mental health of African American Students. Lecture at the School Mental Health Conference: Treating Students K-12 hosted by Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston, MA
Chair, Organizer, Speaker, (2016, October). The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs and Partner Organizations on Youth Development. Workshop at Diversity Challenge Conference, Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISRPC), Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Keynote Speaker, (2016, October). Invisibility Syndrome in the Psychoeducational Development of African American Males. 5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, Bermuda College, Southampton, Bermuda
Keynote Speaker, (2016, September). Invisible Person: Drama and Trauma in Being African American. Kente Circle Training Institute: Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN
Distinguished Warrior Award, International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Ohio State University presented at Induction Ceremony hosted by Bermuda College, Southampton, Bermuda (2016)
Official Historical Marker, Commemoration for Civil Rights Legacy to the City of Richmond, Virginia as member of the "Richmond 34" 1960 Lunch Counter Sit-In, Historical Marker Richmond City Center Broad Street between 6th and 7th Street (June 28, 2016)
Groundbreakers Award from All Stars Project Annual Gala presented at David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York City (2012)
Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Oregon College of Education (2010)
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon (2010)
Distinguished Elder Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) at American Psychological Association Convention, San Diego (2010)
Commemoration for Civil Rights Legacy to the State of Virginia, City of Richmond, and Virginia Union University as member of the "Richmond 34", 50th Anniversary Lunch Counter Sit-In, from Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution No. 279 Approved by House of Delegates & Senate; Engraved markers in city and campus centers (February 22, 2010)
American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for outstanding service as Distinguished Elder/Senior Psychologist, National Multicultural Conference and Summit (2009)
Distinguished Career Service Contribution, City College of New York of the City University of New York, Office of the President (2008)
Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar & Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, February (2005)
Dalmus A. Taylor Award (for pioneering leadership, scholarship and aggressive advocacy for inclusion of persons of color in higher education and psychology), National Multicultural Conference and Summit (2005)
Distinguished Contribution to the Minority Fellowship Program Award, American Psychological Association (2004)
President’s Award, The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (2003)
Member (2016-2018), Educational Policy Council, Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Faculty Advisor (2015-present), Counseling Psychology Diversity Committee, Boston College Lynch School of Education
Member, (2015- present), Steering Committee, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)/Boston Promise (Neighborhood) Initiative, Dorchester MA
International Member (2014-present), Advisory Board, Centre for Community Schools, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth South Africa
Elected Member (2012-2014), Executive Committee, Board of Professional Affairs, American Psychological Association
Appointed Convention Chair (2013-2014), Board of Professional Affairs, Convention Program Chair for 2014 American Psychological Association Convention
Member (2014), 2014 Board of Professional Affairs Awards Committee, American Psychological Association
Member (2014), Society for Counseling Psychology Representatives, American Psychological Association Governance Group
Member (2013-2014), Sage Fellowship Awards Committee, Association of Black Psychologists
Member (2014), Undergraduate Program Task Force, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Member (2014), Committee on Positive Youth Development Certificate, Counseling Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College