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The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling, funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), bring together the best of credentialed experts in the treatment, training, education and prevention of problem gambling through the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (“the Center”). The Center provides hope, help and information by offering:
Joanna Franklin (MS, NCGC II) became the Program Director of the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in July, 2012. After many years of sharing her professional gambling expertise nationally and internationally, she was finally going to be “home” in her own State of Maryland. A dream that she had long held!
Unfortunately, Joanna passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2013. The shock of her sudden death was incomprehensible to all of those who had just gotten to know her and those who had worked with her ever since she began her career in Maryland in 1979. She was the first clinician hired in the first state-funded gambling treatment program in the United States.
One colleague said this about Joanna: “She has earned and deserves to be recognized as the Mother of our field.”
Joanna will always be remembered for advocating for the problem gambler, their families and children. Her own family, the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and the Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, take solace in the countless tributes that have been written about her.
Thank you, Joanna, for dedicating your entire life to helping others.
Click to view the Joanna Franklin Tributes (PDF).