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Dr. Joe Franklin

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

Associate Professor

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Research Interests

Our lab's goal is a large-scale reduction in psychopathology. To make progress towards this, we combine basic psychological science, unique experimental paradigms, and cutting-edge technology (e.g., mobile app development, custom virtual reality environments, artificial intelligence). In particular, we focus on the development and implementation of scalable interventions for suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury.

Current Research

We have three major types of ongoing research projects. First, to most effectively understand what's known and to identify the biggest gaps in existing knowledge, we have several ongoing meta-analytic projects. Second, we are conducting experimental studies aimed closing the gaps identified by our meta-analytic work. Currently these studies are focused on advancing knowledge about: (a) how suicidal thoughts come about; (b) in the moment, what causes someone to initiate suicidal behavior; and (c) how to interrupt the processes that produce suicidal thoughts and behaviors. As noted above, these experiments typically integrate new technologies. Third, building directly from this experimental work, we design, test, and freely disseminate novel interventions via mobile apps. We are currently working on studies aimed at further improving our app-based intervention (called TEC) that has been shown to significantly reduce suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury.

Selected Publications

Franklin, J.C., Ribeiro, J.D., Fox, K.R., Bentley, K.H., Kleiman, E.M., Huang, X., Musacchio, K.M., Jaroszewski, A.C., Chang, B.P., & Nock, M.K. (in press). Risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors: A meta-analysis of 50 years of research. Psychological Bulletin.

Fox, K.R., Toole, K.E., Franklin, J.C., & Hooley, J.M. (in press). Why does nonsuicidal self-injury improve mood? A preliminary test of three hypotheses. Clinical Psychological Science. 

Franklin, J.C., Fox, K.R., Franklin, C.R., Kleiman, E.M., Ribeiro, J.D., Jaroszewski, A.C., Hooley, J.M., & Nock, M.K. (2016). A brief mobile app reduces nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injury: Evidence from three randomized controlled trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 544-557.

Chang, B.P., Franklin, J.C., Ribeiro, J.D., Fox, K.R., Bentley, K.H., Kleiman, E.M., & Nock, M.K. (2016). Biological risk factors for suicidal behaviors: A meta-analysis. Nature: Translational Psychiatry, 6, 887. 

Bentley, K.H., Franklin, J.C., Ribeiro, J.D., Kleiman, E.M., Fox, K.R., & Nock, M.K. (2016). Anxiety and its disorders as risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 43, 30-46.

Ribeiro, J.D., Franklin, J.C., Fox, K.R., Kleiman, E.M., Bentley, K.H., Chang, B., & Nock, M.K. (2016). Self-injurious thoughts and behaviors as risk factors for future suicide ideation, attempts, and death: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological Medicine, 46, 225-236.

Fox, K.R., Franklin, J.C., Ribeiro, J.D., Kleiman, E.M., Bentley, K.H., & Nock, M.K. (2015). Meta-analysis of risk factors for nonsuicidal self-injury. Clinical Psychology Review, 42, 156-167.

Franklin, J.C., Glenn C.R., Jamieson, J., & Nock, M.K. (2015). How developmental psychopathology can inform the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology44, 280-290.

Glenn, C.R., Franklin, J.C., & Nock, M.K. (2015). A review of evidence-based therapies for self-injurious behaviors. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 1-29.

Franklin, J.C., Puzia, M.E., Lee, K.M., & Prinstein, M.J. (2014). Diminished implicit and explicit aversion toward self-cutting stimuli longitudinally predicts nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 463-469.

Franklin, J.C., Lee, K.M., Puzia, M.E., & Prinstein, M.J. (2014). Recent and frequent nonsuicidal self-injury are associated with diminished implicit and explicit aversion to self-cutting stimuli. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 306-318.

Franklin, J.C., Puzia, M.E., Lee, K.M.,Chung, G., Hanna, E.K., Spring, V.L., & Prinstein, M.J. (2013). Pain offset relief in nonsuicidal self-injury: A laboratory investigation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 110-119.

Franklin, J.C., Lee, K.M., Hanna, E.K, & Prinstein, M.J. (2013). Feeling worse to feel better: Pain offset simultaneously stimulates positive affect and diminishes negative affect. Psychological Science, 24, 521-529.

Franklin, J.C.,Hessel, E.T., Aaron, R.V., Arthur, M.S., Heilbron, N., & Prinstein, M.J.  (2010).The functions of nonsuicidal self-injury: Support for cognitive-affective regulation and opponent processes from a novel psychophysiological paradigm. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 119, 850-862.


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