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Joseph Franco


Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology - PLV

  • @Pleasantville
    Marks Hall 24
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Dr. Joseph R. Franco is a Professor in the department of Psychology in the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences at Pace University. He serves Director of Clinical Field Supervision and teaches in the doctoral and graduate programs in Mental Health Counseling Programs on the Pleasantville Campus. Dr. Franco is a Counselor Educator, Practicing Clinician, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Past President of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA). He continues to serve on the NYMHCA Board as Membership Chair, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Franco was award the Outstanding Counselor Educator Award by NYMHCA for his outstanding service to the profession and teaching excellence. Dr. Franco has over thirty-five years of combined teaching and administrative experience and has held several key administrative positions in academia, including Senior Associate Dean, Associate Director of the Career Counseling Center, & Director of Freshman Studies, to name a few. Additionally, he has taught a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses in counseling, psychology and sociology, incorporating blended learning approaches as well as web-based components.


PhD , City University of New York Graduate Center , New York City , 1996

M. Phil. , City University of New York Graduate Center , 1994

MS , Long Island University , 1985
Social Science with Specialization in CRJ

MS , Long Island University , 1984
Counseling & Development

BS , Mercy College , Dobbs, Ferry, New York , 1982

Awards and Honors

  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA), April 16, 2016 - Counselor Educator Award
  • Pace University, May 2005 - Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence


  • New York State Office of the Professions, - Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NYSLMHC)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), - National Certified Counselor (NCC)


Franco, J. (2015, March). American Counseling Association. Trauma Sequelae in the Forensic Female Population: Working with Numbing Behaviors. ACA, Orlando, Florida

Franco, J. (2015, March). National Social Science & Technology Conference. Integrating Technology into On-Line Mental Health Counseling Courses. NSSA, Las Vegas, Nevada

Franco, J. (2014, April). New York Mental Health Counselors Association. The Art of Counseling: Integrating Creativity into Your Counseling Center. NYMHCA, Albany, New York

Franco, J. (2013, April). New York Mental Health Counselors Association Counselor Educator Conference. Advocacy Efforts and the Profession of Mental Health Counseling.

Franco, J. (2012, April). New York Mental Health Counselors Association Convention. The State of the Profession of Mental Health Counseling.

Franco, J. (2011, November). Long Island University Fifth Annual Mental Health Counseling Symposium. Clinical Concerns and Best Practices in Mental Health Counseling.


*Integrating Technology in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Teaching and Practice *Assessing LGBT Campus Climate of Students, Staff, & Faculty *Aspirations & Counseling Mentorship of Italian-American College Students


  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) , July 01 , 2016
    Professional Counseling
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) , April 2006
    Professional Counseling
  • American Counseling Association (ACA) , January 1990
    Professional Counseling


  • Dyson Faculty Assembly (DFA) [Committee Chair]
  • Appeals Committee-Council of Deans & Faculty on Promotion & Tenure (CDFPT) [Committee Member]
  • Writing Center Advisory Board-Pleasantville Campus [Committee Member]
  • Dyson College Sabbatical Committee [Committee Member]
  • Dyson College Tenure & Promotion Committee [Committee Chair]
  • Dyson College Sabbatical Committee [Committee Chair]


  • Alternate Member, Appeals Committee, Council of Deans and Faculty on Promotion and Tenure (CDFPT) [Committee Member]
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