Dr. Gilbert Ernest Franco

Gilbert Franco
Assistant Professor: Human Services & Psychology

Joined Beacon: August 2018

Educational Credentials:
Ph.D., Walden University: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
M.S., Walden University: Organizational Psychology
M.A., Alliant International University: Marriage & Family Therapy
B.A., University of California: Psychology

How did you come to work with students who learn differently?
I started working with children, adolescents, and young adults who learn differently during my career as a marriage and family therapist intern back in 2007. Many of my clients who learn differently were high school and college students going to universities in San Diego. I continued to work with students with clients who learn differently when I became a licensed marriage and family therapist in California in 2011 and when I became a graduate school professor in 2015. I enjoy working with students who learn differently because each day is a new day and the diversity that comes from students who learn differently enhances the classroom experience for all.

I enjoy playing videogames, specifically western and Japanese role-playing games. I have played videogames since I was 4 years old and continue to this day. I also like to write peer-reviewed articles about videogames and am working towards writing freelance videogame editorials for a couple of websites. I also enjoy teaching and dancing ballet. I have done both for over 20 years. I have been in classical ballet performances in Chula Vista, CA including, the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. I also enjoyed dancing lyrical ballet renditions of Disney movies including my role as Jack Sparrow for Chula Vista Dance Academy.