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JBCC President & CEO, Robert P. Franks, Ph.D. Elected to the APA Board of Professional Affairs

Dr. Robert P. Franks

BOSTON, MA (February 13, 2017)  - Judge Baker Children’s Center (Judge Baker), a national leader in children’s mental health, announced that Dr. Robert Franks, President & CEO, has been elected to a 3-year term (2017-2019) on the American Psychological Association’s Board of Professional Affairs

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a professional organization consisting of researchers, educators, students, and clinicians in the field of psychology in the United States. The APA works to ensure the appropriate application of psychological research and knowledge to benefit society. The members of the APA’s Board of Professional Affairs are responsible for monitoring the implementation of policies, standards, and guidelines as outlined by the organization, as well as for serving as liaisons with other professional organizations and groups related to the affairs of the APA.

“It is an honor to be elected to the APA Board of Professional Affairs. I am dedicated to supporting the development of psychologists through training, policy development, education and the implementation of evidence-based practices,” says Dr. Franks. “Throughout my career, I have worked to promote best practices in child and adolescent mental health, working across systems to ensure the highest quality care. I look forward to this opportunity to work with other dedicated psychologists to help guide and enhance the profession of psychology and to ensure that psychologists continue to play a pivotal role in the delivery of best practice mental health services and the promotion of healthy development.”

An affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s mental health organization dedicated to improving the quality of mental health care for children and families. Named in honor of Harvey Humphrey Baker, the first judge appointed to the Boston Juvenile Court, Judge Baker opened its doors in 1917 and has been serving the children and families of greater Boston for almost 100 years. The multi-faceted organization provides the very best in evidence-based practices for children and families struggling with a range of behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health issues. Judge Baker is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by bridging the gap between science and practice to improve access to the highest quality care in community-based settings.