The Cyril Franks Award

Since 1991, The Cyril M. Franks Award has celebrated the outstanding GSAPP doctoral dissertation of the year. This highly coveted award has provided recognition, encouragement, and support to our students who will advance knowledge, develop innovative programs, new agencies, and lead system change through state-of-the-art, evidence-based cutting-edge prevention and intervention psychological services for at- risk and underserved populations. The Franks Award is truly one of the highlights at our annual Commencement awards ceremony. Each awardee receives a framed certificate and a cash award.

List of Cyril Franks Award winners:

2016 - Joshua Korth

"Understanding Implementation of Restorative Practices in Low Income, Urban High Schools"

2015 - Traci Pacita Maynigo

Traci was awarded a research grant from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy to conduct her dissertation and to receive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition to now becoming a psychologist, Traci has been a free-lance editor and writer.

2014 - Shoshana Friedman

“Teacher Emotional Intelligence and the Quality of their Interactions with Students”

2014 - Sam Klugman

“An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students at Rutgers University”

2013 - Laurie Zandberg

Laurie Zandberg (clinical) is the recipient of this year’s award. Her dissertation is entitled “Train-The-Trainer: Implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Guided Self-Help For Eating Disorders In A University Setting.” Laurie’s research study served as a model for the training of staff in the counseling center. To quote Terry Wilson whose written remarks Dean Messer read at the GSAPP convocation on May 19: “Perhaps the most remarkable outcome was the following. The counseling center administration subsequently prevailed on me to train their staff in the guided self-help based on cognitive behavior therapy that Laurie had implemented. Last November Laurie received the Graduate Student Research Award at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference. A paper based on her dissertation has recently been published in an important international journal on eating disorders. For all of these reasons Laurie is richly deserving of the Cyril M. Franks award.

2012 - Nathan Lambright

Nathan Lambright (clinical) was this year’s recipient. His fine dissertation was entitled “Using a Pairing Procedure to Develop Reinforcers for Children on the Autism Spectrum with a Restricted Range of Preferred Items"

2011 - Sarah Kowal

The Cyril Franks Award, which is presented to the graduating student whose doctoral dissertation evidences outstanding scholarship and reflects GSAPP’s standard of excellence, was awarded to Sarah Kowal Alden (Clinical). Sarah’s dissertation entitled “An Exploration of the Impact of Social Institutions and Interpersonal Connections on the Sexual Expression and Identity of Dually Attracted and Bisexual Women”. Professors Emerti Cyril and Violet Franks were in attendance and were delighted to meet the 2011 Franks Award recipient.

2010 -Andrea Parent

This year’s Cyril Franks Award went to Andrea Parent (4th year, School). Her dissertation title was: Effects of a Comprehensive Substance Use. The Cyril Franks Award is presented to the graduating student whose doctoral dissertation evidences outstanding scholarship and reflects GSAPP’s standard of excellence.

2008 - Jennifer Greenberg