Heather Franks, MA

Heather Franks

Research Associate II

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Heather M. Franks, MA, joined the Research Department of ETR in 2005.  In her role as Research Associate, she serves as the data manager and analyst on several projects ranging from program evaluation of school-based health programs to intervention studies with experimental design. For these projects, she has conducted longitudinal, multi-level analysis including repeated measures, latent growth curve modeling and mediation analyses. She also has conducted both multivariate and bivariate analyses on cross-sectional data for psychometric, comparative, predictive and descriptive purposes.

Ms. Franks serves as project manager for various SFUSD School Health Programs Department evaluation projects and for the San Francisco Wellness Initiative Evaluation. She has assumed a lead role in conception, design and management of several on-line data collection systems for service providers for many SFUSD programs.

Ms. Franks received her MA in psychology from San Diego State University. The program was a research-and-theory-oriented master’s program in psychopathology and health psychology. She worked on numerous projects concerned with coping with chronic illness, social support systems and behavioral change related to health and wellness. She currently volunteers as a Grief Support Counselor for Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

Current Projects

  • SFUSD - School Health Programs Department Evaluation Project
  • Metta Fund WISH
  • Middle School Relationships


Glassman, J., Franks, H., Baumler, E., & Coyle, K. (Under Review). Examination of the relationship between Psychosocial Mediators and Intervention Effects in All4You2!: an HIV/STI/Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Alternative School Students. AIDS Research and Treatment.


Coyle, K. K., Campe, S. M., Glassman, J. R., & Franks, H. M.  (Under Review). Improvements in nutrition behaviors among youth in alternative schools: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of School Health.


Hillard, P., Love, L., Coyle, K., Franks, H. M., & Laris, B. A. (In Press). “They were only joking:” Efforts to decrease GLBTQ bullying and harassment in Seattle Public Schools. Journal of School Health.


Coyle, K. K., Glassman, J. R., Franks, H. M., Campe, S. M., Denner, J., Lepore, G. M. (2013). Interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth in alternative schools: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Adolescent Health,53(1), 68-78.


Shields, J. P., Cohen, R. E., Glassman, J., Whitaker, K., Franks, H., & Bertolin, I. (2013). Estimating population size and demographic characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in middle school. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 248-250.


Anyon, Y., Whitaker, K., Shields, J. P., & Franks, H. M. (2013). Help-seeking in the school context: understanding Chinese American adolescents’ underutilization of school health services. Journal of School Health, 83, 562-572. 


Franks, H. M., Terry A. Cronan, T. A., Santoro, M. S., Roesch, S. C. Devos-Comby, L., Wooldridge, J. S., & Adams, R. N. (2012). Is coping goodness-of-fit related to depression in women with fibromyalgia? Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. 20(3), 183-193.


Coyle, K., Franks, H. M., Glassman, J., & Stanton, N. (2012). Condom use: Slippage, breakage, and steps for proper use among adolescents in alternative school settings. Journal of School Health, 82(8), 345-352.


Shields, J. P., Whitaker, K., Glassman, J., Franks, H., & Howard, K. (2012). Impact of victimization on risk of suicide among lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students in San Francisco. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(4), 418-420.


Baumler, E., Glassman, J., Tortolero, S., Markham, C., Shegog, R., Peskin, M., Addy, R., & Franks, H. (2012). Examination of the relationship between Psychosocial Mediators and Intervention Effects in It’s Your Game: an effective HIV/STI/Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Middle School Students. AIDS Research and Treatment, Article ID 298494, 8 pages.


Franks, H. M. & Roesch, S.C. (2006). Appraisal and Coping in People with Cancer: A Meta-Analysis. Psycho-Oncology.


Franks, H. M., Cronan, T. A., & Oliver, K. (2004). Social support in women with fibromyalgia: Is quality more important than quantity? Journal of Community Psychology, 32(4), 425-438.


Gibbs, R. W., & Franks, H. (2002). Embodied metaphor in women’s narratives about their experiences with cancer. Journal of Health Communication, 14(2), 139-165.