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Franco Dispenza

Assistant Professor    Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education    

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'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.


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.


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.