Molly Franz, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Email:       mfranz@umbc.edu

Office:       Math/Psychology 325

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 402/408

Education:

Ph.D. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

The overarching aims of Dr. Franz’s research are to (1) understand the effects of PTSD and trauma-related psychopathology on survivors’ family relationships, particularly intimate partner and parent-child relationships, and (2) reinforce and strengthen family support networks to aid in the prevention and treatment of trauma-related psychopathology and comorbid family dysfunction. Dr. Franz is particularly interested in examining physiological, emotional, and behavioral patterns as they unfold on a moment-to-moment basis among trauma-exposed families, with the ultimate goal of targeting these processes in interventions to help families thrive.

Courses Taught: 

Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 710)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES: Accepting new HSP graduate students for Fall 2021

Students with particular interests in trauma, PTSD, and family functioning, including couple relationships and/or parent-child relationships, are especially encouraged to apply. My goal is to provide a training experience that scaffolds students to become independent investigators. I integrate students into ongoing projects and provide opportunities to publish from existing datasets to hone critical analytic and writing skills. Additionally, I guide students in the development of their own programmatic lines of research, which involves mentorship across many different skills (e.g., study design and implementation, grant writing, graduate mentorship of undergraduates). We engage in collaborative discussions about professional development, healthy work-life balance, and emerging science on trauma and PTSD. I am passionate about mentorship and have published several articles related to research and training: Taking a gap year: A guide for prospective clinical psychology Ph.D. students and Mentorship matters: Graduate student mentorship of undergraduate mentees.

Interested graduate students should contact Dr. Franz directly via email.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES: Undergraduate opportunities available

I mentor undergraduates across all aspects of research, including study conceptualization, project start up, data collection, coding and data analysis, interpretation of findings, and dissemination of results at conferences and in publications. I also structure lab activities to incorporate training and didactics related to the interests of our lab members, and mentor advanced undergraduates in conducting independent research projects. I devote time to discussing career goals and advising students wanting to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or related fields.

Interested undergraduate students should contact Dr. Franz directly via email.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology

Selected Publications:

Brock, R. L., Franz, M. R., & Ramsdell, E. R. (2020). An integrated relational framework of depressed mood and anhedonia during pregnancy. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82, 1056-1072. doi:10.1111/jomf.12611

Kumar, S., Franz, M. R., Brock, R. DiLillo, D. (2020). Posttraumatic stress and parenting behaviors: The mediating effect of emotion regulation. Journal of Family Violence, 35, 417-426. doi:10.1007/s10896-019-00124-5

*Brock, R., *Franz, M. R., O’Bleness, J., & Lawrence, E. (2019). The dynamic interplay between daily satisfaction with intimate relationship functioning and depressed mood in low SES outpatients. Family Process, 4, 891-907. doi:10.1111/famp.12402
*Indicates the first two authors contributed equally to this publication

Franz, M. R., Haikalis, M., Riemer, A. R., Parrott, D. J., Gervais, S. J., & DiLillo, D. (2018). Further validation of a laboratory analog sexual aggression task: Associations with novel risk factors for sexual violence. Violence and Victims, 33, 486-503. doi:10.1891/08866708.v33.i3.486

Franz, M. R., DiLillo, D., & Gervais, S. (2016). Sexual objectification and sexual assault: Do self-objectification and sexual assertiveness account for the link? Psychology of Violence, 6, 262-270. doi:10.1037/vio0000015

Franz, M. R., Wolf, E. J., MacDonald, H. Z., Marx, B. P., Proctor, S. P., & Vasterling, J. V. (2013). Relationships among predeployment risk factors, warzone threat appraisal, and postdeployment PTSD symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 498-506. doi:10.1002/jts.21827

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