Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Martin Franklin, Ph.D.

Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)

Dr. Martin Franklin is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He has devoted his career to the study of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as chronic tic disorders and trichotillomania, TTM) in children and adults. His clinical and research careers have centered on these disorders, with a particular emphasis on developing and disseminating effective treatments. Dr. Franklin has published theoretical, clinical and empirical papers and chapters, as well as treatment manuals.

Currently, Dr. Franklin is a principal investigator of several multicenter studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health including an examination Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmentation in Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors partial responders as well as an examination of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for very young children with OCD. As the principal investigator on these multicenter studies, Dr. Franklin is a leading member of the Pediatric OCD Study team (POTS). The POTS team has set the precedent for the development of new practice guidelines for the treatment of OCD in youth through this momentous research projects.

In addition Dr. Franklin recently piloted a study of habit reversal training (HRT) for tic disorders in adolescents and young adults funded by the Tourette Syndrome Association. With respect to TTM, he played to central the Trichotillomania Impact Project, an web-based exploration of phenomenology, functional impairment, and treatment utilization that reached over 1600 individuals. Currently, he is investigating the effectiveness of behavioral therapy for pediatric trichotillomania in youths age 10-17. He also serves as the Research Committee Chair for Trichotillomania Learning Center.

Dr. Franklin is actively engaged in the training of mental health professionals at the post-degree levels. He is a clinical supervisor at the University of Pennsylvania for psychology interns and for residents and fellows in psychiatry. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently awarded Dr. Franklin the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional. Dr. Franklin is a frequent invited lecturer around the United States and abroad.

Selected Publications

Franklin, M. E.,* Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Keuthen,  N. J.., Piacentini, J. C., Moore, P. S.., Stein, D. J., Cohen, S.,  Wilson, M., & The Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory  Board (2008).  The Child and Adolescent Trichotillomania Impact Project (CA-TIP):  Exploring descriptive psychopathology, functional  impairment, comorbidity, and treatment utilization. Journal of  Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 29, 493-500.

Franklin, M. E. Tolin, D. F. & Diefenbach, G.: Trichotillomania. Obsessive compulsive disorder: Subtypes and spectrum conditions. J. S. Abramowitz. S. Taylor, & D. McKay (eds.). Elsevier, Page: 139-159, 2008.

Roth Ledley, D. A., Pai, A., & Franklin, M. E.: Treating comorbid presentations: OCD, anxiety disorders, and depression. Psychological treatment of OCD: Fundamentals and beyond. M. M. Anthony, C. Purdon, & L. Summerfeldt (eds.). Wshington, D. C.: American Psychological Association Press, Page: 281-293, 2007.

Franklin, M. E., & Foa, E. B.: Cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. A guide to treatments that work (3rd edition). P. Nathan & J. Gorman (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, Page: 431-446, 2007.

Hajcak, G., Franklin, M. E., Foa, E. B., & Simons, R. F.: Increased error-related brain activity in pediatric OCD before and after treatment American Journal of Psychiatry 2007.

Freeman, J. B., Choate-Summers, M. L., Moore, P. S., Garcia, A. M., Sapyta, J. L., Leonard, H. L., & Franklin, M. E. : Cognitive behavioral treatment of young children with obsessive compulsive disorder. Biological Psychiatry 61: 337-343, 2007.

Franklin, M. E., & Himle, M. B. : "Evidence-based psychosocial treatments fpr tic disorders:" Theoretical and treatment implications (commentary). Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 14: 274-278, 2007.

Franklin, M. E. & Tolin, D. F. : Treating trichotillomania: Cognitive behavioral therapy for hair pulling and related problems. New York, NY: Springer, 2007.

Keuthen, N. J., Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Stein, D. J., Cashin, S. E., & The Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board: Factor analysis of the Massachsetts General Hospital (MGH) Hairpulling Scale. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 62: 707-709, 2007.

Tolin, D. F., Franklin, M. E., Diefenbach, G. J., Anderson, E., & Meunier, S. A.:Pediatric trichotillomania: Descriptive psychopathology and an open trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 36: 129-144, 2007.

Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Piacentini, J. C., Cashin, S. E., Moore, P. S., & The Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board: The Milwaukee Inventory for Styles of Trichotillomania- Child Version (MIST-C): The assessment of pulling subtypes in children and adolescents. Behavior Modification 31: 896-918.

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