Faculty Update - Lori Franklin, DSW


Lori Franklin has successfully completed her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The doctorate program focused on advanced clinical practice as well as skills in clinical leadership. Below she shares with us some of her experiences about the program and this milestone accomplishment. 

“I wanted to pursue this particular type of doctoral education to boost my skills in clinical work as well as further develop skills as a clinical researcher. It provided a great opportunity to grow as a clinician as I learned from the talented professors and colleagues that I encountered in an advanced clinical program. I know already it has made me a better teacher, and I hope I can be a leader in continuing to strengthen the direct practice concentration at OU.”

“My family has always valued education highly and my parents have always been so supportive of me throughout my life (they are pictured above). I am always aware of what a gift that has been and how privileged I am. I know that we have students in our program who are successfully juggling raising children and full time jobs with a lot less support than I enjoyed. It meant a lot to me to have my parents, my sister and niece, as well as my wife and two sons at my graduation ceremony in Knoxville in May!"

The program requires two publishable papers as a final capstone project. Lori’s final capstone, was entitled “The Mediating Effect of Self-Compassion in Reducing Perceived Stress” and her first capstone was entitled “Cultivating Self-Compassionate Professionals”. After successfully defending her capstone, she was featured on the University of Tennessee College of Social Work's Facebook Page. She would like to thank her committee members Dr. Lyle Cooper of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William Nugent of the University of Tennessee, and Dr. James Rosenthal of the University of Oklahoma for their support and assistance.

“I am thankful to my Norman colleague, Dr. Jim Rosenthal, for serving on my committee and helping guide me through this process. The faculty here at OU has been very supportive of me throughout my years in this program, and I truly appreciate them. I would love to also thank Dr. Julie Miller-Cribbs for encouraging me to take this opportunity in the first place, and helping balance my work schedule throughout the program. I’d also love to thank Dr. Tonia Caselman who was always willing to be my practice client for any new technique I wanted to try out. I’m grateful too to Dr. Mary Brandt and Dr. Karen Gray, both of whom were willing to shuffle their own schedules to accommodate mine for the past few years. I would also like to think Ric Munoz for sharing his data.”

In addition to the capstones, Lori worked with one of her professors to co-author an article, “Psychodynamic Treatment of Excessive Virtual Reality Environment Use” that has been published in the journal “Clinical Case Studies”. “I never really thought psychodynamic treatment or the clinical uses of virtual reality would be where my career led me, but there it is! I think it is an example of how the program stretched me and led me to explore topics and treatments that were not part of my standard skill set.” You can read more about the article and their collaboration on the college's eNewsletter.

“I’m hoping to continue to study self-compassion and mindfulness, especially as they relate to social work students and education. I’m also interested in studying innovative interventions for mental health disorders as well as clinical supervision. Karen Gray and I already wrote a book of decision cases for social work classes, but I’d love to continue writing clinical decision cases for use in social work education.

“One of the many strengths of the DSW program is that I not only have made connections with my professors, but also with talented, innovative clinicians throughout the country. I can see these connections transforming into research partnerships, clinical consultations, networking, and mentoring for many years. I am excited to use the skills and knowledge I have gained over the last three years to further my career as a clinician, an educator, a researcher, and hopefully a transformative leader in the profession.”

On behalf of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, congratulations Dr. Franklin! 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Mary Beth wrote:
This is awesome!! Well done!

Tue, June 2, 2015 @ 10:29 AM

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