Marilyn Franklin, MSW, PhD, LP

Psychological Assessment & Testing

Dr. Marilyn Franklin is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who provides expert psychological, developmental, and psychoeducational evaluations for a wide range of conditions such as ADHD, Executive Functioning Deficits, Academic Challenges, Giftedness, Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism, and Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia. Dr. Franklin considers it a privilege to help individuals put the complex puzzle pieces of cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning together, establishing a meaningful picture that provides the most effective path forward. She works collaboratively with clients to identify a full range of recommendations that support the individuals’ ability to reach their full potential. She puts an emphasis on writing reports that are comprehensive but easy to understand and aims to ensure assessment reports are useful in helping clients access necessary tools and resources. When working with kids and adolescents, Dr. Franklin and the MBH team provide follow-up support and consultation to help parents navigate the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, ensuring your child or teens’ educational team is fully informed regarding assessment results and recommendations. Dr. Franklin stays on top of the evidence-based research literature in order to bring the most up-to-date knowledge to her evaluations. She prioritizes the use of developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed techniques in her practice with clients, from the initial intake interview through the completion of feedback and the psychological report.

Before earning her Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University, Dr. Franklin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from New York University and a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. Before attending doctoral studies, she worked as a clinical social worker at the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City, an experience that continues to inform her clinical values and practice. Upon completion of her doctorate, Dr. Franklin attended internship at Hawthorn Center in Northville, MI, an inpatient hospital, providing both assessment and treatment for patients and families experiencing acute mental health distress. Dr. Franklin went on to complete her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Developmental Disabilities Services department at The Children’s Center in Detroit, MI, specializing in Autism assessment and differential diagnosis of developmental disorders. Currently, in addition to providing assessment services at Monarch Behavioral Health, Dr. Franklin is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Wayne State University Psychology Department where she teaches graduate level courses in assessment and provides supervision to doctoral students. She also directs clinical training and provides clinical supervision for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Clinic’s Integrated Behavioral Health Team.