Dr J. Frank Batkins, PhD, ABPP is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Board-Certified Couples and Family Psychologist with a sub-specialty in Children and Adolescents. In addition, he is a trained mediator.
Dr. Batkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University, received his PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and completed his doctoral internship in Clinical Child Psychology at the APA site approved University of Alabama at Birmingham Center. He is a Fellow, Past President and previous National Evaluator for the American Board of professional Psychology-Couples and Family Psychology Specialty. Dr. Batkins completed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck MD at his University of Pennsylvania institute as well as studied and consulted at the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy. He is a past Treasurer, Board member and is a current member of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Division of Licensed Psychologists as well as a former expert reviewer for the Social Security Administration.
Dr. Batkins utilizes an integration of Family Systems based strategies with both Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies in addition to other evidence-based interventions from experts such as the Gottmans’ and Sue Johnson PhD. He specializes in helping individuals, families and couples who struggle with irritability, anger, hostility, anxiety, suicide ideation, depression and relationship difficulties. He has a sub-speciality in treating angry, oppositional children and adolescents including those who are often argumentative, non-compliant, defiant, and violent. Further, he helps youth who have experienced trauma in family related conflicts such as divorce, abuse, and neglect as well as parents who are overwhelmed and exhausted by their youth’s difficulties and other life stressors.
Dr. J. Frank Batkins has provided expert commentary for television and print media such as CNN, PBS, local radio, the AJC and Atlanta Magazine. He is committed to non-profit efforts within the community and to that end is a previous Board member of a local Homeless Shelter, a spiritual leader, Grief and Foster Group Facilitator, Church administrative committee member, consultant to a national organization and he donates 20 to 30 percent of his practice to pro bono work. As part of his volunteer efforts, Frank is Vice President of Behavioral Health and Wellness for Warrior 2 Citizen which assists Warfighters and their families to increase resilience, decrease divorce and prevent trauma related problems from occurring such as abuse, neglect and suicide.
Finally, Dr. Batkins is married and loves spending time with his wife, adult children and grandchildren. He credits the crucible of being a combat Marine as a major reason why he is committed to bringing peace to families. For his service in Combat, Frank, was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation (See attached), the Viet Nam Campaign Medal with four Stars, and the Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster among other medals. Dr. Batkins considers it a privilege to practice his profession with those who entrust themselves and their families to his care. Semper Fi!