Idil Franko, M.A., Psy.M.

Idil Franko, M.A., Psy.M.

Idil Franko, M.A., Psy.M. is a Masters Level Clinician and fourth-year doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University, pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical interests are focused on providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults and teenagers with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD. 


Idil has received extensive training and experience providing CBT for panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, OCD, and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as trichotillomania (hairpulling) and excoriation (skin picking) while at Rutgers University Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA).  She trained in providing Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).


In addition to her focus in anxiety and OCD treatment, Idil has interests in behavioral medicine and the mind-body connection. She works to successfully treat co-occurring psychological disorders and chronic health conditions. Idil holds an Externship at the Family Medicine practice at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, providing CBT to primary care patients with various medical issues including insomnia and weight management. Idil gained extensive experience treating Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) while working at the Rutgers University ADHD Clinic. She also has skill in providing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to couples experiencing relationship conflict. Idil works as a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University for the Psychology of Intimate Relationships course as well as in the Clinical Psy.D. department where she facilitates small group discussion and provides peer supervision.


Idil was honored with the 2020 GSAPP Peterson Award by faculty, noting her outstanding contribution to professional psychology.  She has been granted the GSAPP Fellowship Ward for her research on weight bias among mental health providers in training as well as being awarded the Highest Success Scholarship while at the Koc University Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Idil is a member of the Turkish Psychological Association.




  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University
  • M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Koc University
  • B.A. in Psychology, McGill University




  • Externship: Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Externship: Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Externship: Rutgers Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Piscataway, NJ
  • Externship: Rutgers ADHD Clinic, Piscataway, NJ



  • Is Disordered Eating and Weight Preoccupation Associated with Weight Bias Among Mental Health Professionals in Training? 
  • Dissertation Committee: Kristen E. Riley, Ph.D.; G. Terrence Wilson, Ph.D.