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Melissa M. Franks

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Email: mmfranks@purdue.edu
Office: FWLR 202 Map
Phone: (765) 494-2942
Fax: (765) 494-0503
Homepage: Homepage
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

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PhD Kent State University Social and Health Psychology 1993

Research Interests

Marital processes in the management of chronic illness

Teaching Interests

CDFS 434: Aging and Family CDFS 602: Advanced Family Studies


2018 - American Nurses Foundation
2018 - Hancook Fellowship, Purdue University Center for Families
2016 - Kinley Trust Award, Purdue University

Selected Publications

Marini, C.M., Wilson, S., Martire, L.M., Stanford, A., & Franks, M.M., (in press). Short-and long-term effects of support visibility on support providers' negative effect. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Marini, C.M., MacDermid Wadsworth, S.M., Christ, S.L., & Franks, M.M. (in press), Military spouses' self-and partner-directed minimization in the context of deployment. Military Behavioral Health, Franks

Franks, M.M., Richards, E.A., McDonough, M.H., Christ, S.L., & Marshall, M.E. (2018). Walking for our health: Couple-focused interventions to promote physical activity in older adults. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 56, 280-288.

Martire, L.M., Hemphill, R.C., Zhaoyang, R., Stephens, M.A.P., Franks, M.M., & Stanford, A.M. (2018, online). Daily marital tension and symptom severity in older adults with diabetes or osteoarthritis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Richards, E.A., Franks, M.M., McDonough, M.H., & Porter, K. (2018). Let's move: A systematic review of spouse-involved interventions to promote physical activity. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 56, 51-67. Awarded Pittu Laungani Best Paper Prize for 2018

Wilson, S., Marini, C., Franks, M.M, Topp, D., Wadsworth, S.M., & Whiteman, S. (2018). Communication and connection during deployment: A daily-diary study from the perspective of at-home partners. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 42-48.

Marini, C.M., MacDermid Wadsworth, S.M., Christ, S.L., & Franks, M.M., (2017). Emotion expression, avoidance and psychological health during reintegration: A dyadic analysis of actor and partner associations within a sample of military couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 69-90.

Jenkins, B., Rook, K.S., Borges-Garcia, R., Franks, M.M, & Stephens, M.A.P. (2016). Too much of a good thing? Overexertion of self-control and dietary adherence in individuals with type 2 diabetes. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 648-659.

Rook, K.S., August, K.J., Choi, S., Franks, M.M, & Stephens, M.A.P. (2016). Emotional reactivity to daily stress, spousal emotional support, and fasting blood glucose among patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 2538-2549.

Franks, M.M, Wehrspann, E., August, K.J., Rook, K.S., & Stephens, M.A.P. (2016). Chronic disease management in older couples: Spousal support vs control strategies (pp. 303-324). In J. Bookwala (Ed.), Couple relationships in middle and later years: Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness. Washington, DC: APA.

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