Debra Franko

Professor & Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Office: 120 Behrakis Health Sciences Center
Phone: 617-373-5454

B.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., McGill University

Licensed Psychologist
Health Services Provider, Massachusetts

Specializations: Clinical Psychology

Dr. Franko's interests are in the general area of women's health, specifically in eating disorders. Her clinical interests in eating disorders span depression, suicide, and substance abuse, and she has particular expertise in issues related to pregnancy and eating disorders. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 8 NIH grants and has most recently examined research questions related to adolescent depression, body image in girls, and nutritional concerns from childhood through adolescence, with a particular focus on obesity prevention. Dr. Franko's work in the prevention of eating disorders has covered both theoretical and practical approaches to prevention, most recently using multimedia technology in programs directed toward college women and adolescents. She teaches a variety of clinical courses at the doctoral level and has published over a hundred journal articles and book chapters on eating disorders, body image, and obesity. Dr Franko  was elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders in May 2011.