Franco Dispenza PhD

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education, Georgia State University

Originally born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Franco Dispenza moved to Atlanta, Ga., in 2007. He is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor and a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. His clinical, social justice and research interests are in the areas of sexual and gender minority populations, persons living with chronic illness and disabilities, career development and counselor education/psychologist training. Dispenza is also actively involved in professional service with Divisions of the American Psychological Association, ALGBTIC, and is involved in community service in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  Dr. Dispenza's scholarship and clinical specialization is in the area of multiculturalism, sexual and gender diversity (i.e., diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), and health psychology. He focuses on three particular aspects with this population: (1) the experience of Chronic Illness and Disability (CID); (2) lifespan and career/vocational development; (3) rehabilitation/mental health practitioner training, education, and supervision.