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Office: EandT 505
Dr. Franklin considers himself fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Southern California to teach at CSU Los Angeles. He grew up in South Central, Los Angeles and graduated from Locke High School. Teaching in the CSU system gives him the opporunity to interact, work with and learn from a diverse group of students. Many of them are first generation college students. As a first generation college attendee and graduate, he understands the stuggle and commitment it takes to stay the course and excel. His community involvements, research focus and teaching interests all center around examining family, school, and community factors that promote positive youth development and that help to reduce risk.
Dr. Franklin's teaching interests are child and adolescent development, child psychology, the family (system and processes), life-span development, risk and resilience factors in low-resource youth, and the African-American child.
Dr. Franklin's research focuses on risk and resilience in young African-American adolescents. He specifically examines individual variations in response to risk factors and the antecedents and correlates of healthy outcomes in individuals whose "lifespace" in low-income, urban environments pose heightened risks. In 1999, Dr. Franklin was the recipient of the NIMH Family Research Consortium III Post-Doctoral Fellowship, working with Dr. Linda Burton at Penn State University. During the 1998-99 academic year, Dr. Franklin served as a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked directly with C.H.A.N.G.E.S. - Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies. Although unusually long, the name and its acronym represent the essential components in the life course of urban youth. Through a series of longitudinal studies, the Center sought to enhance the understanding of the predictors of resiliency, competence, and maximized educational outcomes for low-income urban you. Dr. Franklin is currently interested in building a qualitative research agenda that will give voice to young, incarcerated African-American and Latino youth. The findings will hopefully lead to positive youth development strategies and rehabilitation programs that can meet their diverse needs while they are serving time. Moreover, their experiences could help us discover better theoretical and conceptual frameworks for prevention and intervention. Too many young kids of color have been or will be exposed to the juvenile justice system in California and across the nation. The legislative plan to get tough on crime is too myopic and narrow to address their complex and compounding needs. Dr. Franklin's community involvements, research interests, and partnerships with colleagues across the nation will hopefully spark a needed change.
Representative Professional Activities
Ph.D Psychological Studies in Education. Emphasis: Child and Adolescent Development 1995
MA Educational Psychology 1990
BA Psychology 1987
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