Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University (APA Accredited)
C.A.S in Quantitative Research: Statistics and Methodology, Georgia State University
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, University at Albany, SUNY (CORE Accredited)
B.A. in Psychology and English Literature, University at Albany, SUNY
Dr. Dispenza specializes in multiculturalism (e.g., sexual and gender minority populations, disability), vocational/career development, and psychosocial health and functioning of diverse populations. He also has secondary interests in counseling/psychological practice and training, trauma, and research methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods).
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.
Dispenza, F., Brennaman, C., Harper, L., Harrigan, M., Chastain, T. E., Procter, J.E. (2019). Career Development of Sexual and Gender Minority Persons Living with Disabilities: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study. The Counseling Psychologist. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000018819425
Dispenza, F., Kumar, A., Standish, J., Norris, S., & Procter, J. (2018). Disability and Sexual Orientation Disclosure on Employment Interview Ratings: An Analogue Study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 61(41), 244-255. https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355217725888
Dispenza, F. (2017). Career and Romantic Partnership Role Salience Between Sexual Minority Men Living With and Without a Chronic Illness/Disability (CID). Psychology Of Men & Masculinity, 18(2), 157-164. doi:10.1037/men0000051.
Dispenza, F., Varney, M., & Golubovic, N. (2017). Psychological and Counseling Practices with Sexual and Gender Minority Persons Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (CID). Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(1), 137-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000212
Dispenza, F., Elston, N., Huffstead, M., Skuttles, M., & Golubovic, N. (2017). Rehabilitation Counselor Preparation to work with Sexual and Gender Minorities Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (CID): A Qualitative Content Analysis. Rehabilitation, Research, Policy and Education, 31(1), 27-39. doi: 10.1891/2168-6653.31.27
Dispenza, F., Harper, L. S., & Harrigan, M. A. (2016). Subjective health among LGBT persons living with disabilities: A qualitative content analysis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 61(3), 251-259. doi:10.1037/rep0000086
Dispenza, F., Brown, C., & Chastain, T. E. (2016). Minority stress across the career-lifespan trajectory. Journal Of Career Development, 43(2), 103-115. doi:10.1177/0894845315580643
Dispenza, F., Viehl, C., Sewell, M. H., Burke, M. A., & Gaudet, M. M. (2016). A model of affirmative intersectional rehabilitation counseling with sexual minorities: A grounded theory study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 59(3), 143-157. doi:10.1177/0034355215579916
Dispenza, F. & Hunter, T. (2015). Reported Use of and Satisfaction with Vocational Rehabilitation Services among LGBT Persons Living with Chronic Illness/Disability (CID): An Exploratory Study. Rehabilitation, Research, Policy and Education, 29(4), 321-424. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2168-66184.108.40.2061
Dispenza, F. Harper, L.S., and Harrigan, M.A. (In Press). “Subjective Health among LGBT Persons Living with Disabilities: A Qualitative Content Analysis.” Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology.
Dispenza, F., Viehl, C., Sewell, M., Burke, M., and Gaudet, M. (2015, published online first). “A Model of Affirmative Intersectional Rehabilitation Counseling with Sexual Minorities Living with Chronic Illness/Disability (CID): A Grounded Theory Study.” Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.
Dispenza, F. and Hunter, T. (2015). “Reported Use of and Satisfaction with Vocational Rehabilitation Services among LGBT Persons Living with Chronic Illness/Disability (CID): An Exploratory Study.” Rehabilitation, Research, Policy and Education.
Dispenza, F., and Watson, L. B. (2015). “Comparing Sexual Risk Behaviors Between Sexual Minority Men Living With and Without a Chronic Illness/Disability (CID).” Sexuality and Disability.
Dispenza, F. (2015). “An Exploratory Model of Proximal Minority Stress and the Work-Life Interface for Men in Same-Sex, Dual-Earner Relationships.” Journal of Counseling and Development.