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
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
Viewing - Friday, October 11
2 - 4 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.
Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc
6500 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212
Church Service - Saturday, October 12
St Mark's Parish Church
30 Melvin Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228