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Joanna Franklin, Founding Director of Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, Has Passed Away

Joanna Franklin, MS, NCGC II, founding director of the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, unexpectedly passed away the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5, from heart failure. She was a friend and colleague to all on the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus. Few have had a more lasting and wide-ranging impact on the field of problem gambling training and outreach.

Joanna trained thousands of counselors and helped set high standards for the profession though her work on certification. She was instrumental in founding the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in 2012 and was its first program director.

She received her BS and MS degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She was the past president of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and treated gamblers and their families since 1979. Joanna designed and delivered clinical training programs in 45 states, 10 Canadian provinces, among 31 tribes, and in nine other countries. She consulted and trained for the FBI, CIA, Pentagon, the Navy, and the Army. She designed and implemented responsible gaming training for state lotteries, racetracks, and casinos internationally. She authored two book chapters for Harvard publications on family therapy and teen gambling, and published journal articles on problem gambling treatment.

Joanna was a beloved and influential member of the UMB community and she will be deeply missed.

The family of Joanna Franklin invites the campus community to celebrate her life:

Viewing - Friday, October 11
2 - 4 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.

Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc
6500 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212
Phone: 410-377-8300
http://www.mwfuneralhome.com/

Church Service - Saturday, October 12
10 a.m.
St Mark's Parish Church
30 Melvin Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228

Posting Date: 10/10/2013
Contact Name: Karen A. Robinson
Contact Phone: 410-706-0023
Contact Email: karobinson@umaryland.edu