Zeno Franco

Zeno Franco
Medical College of Wisconsin | MCW · Department of Family and Community Medicine

PhD

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September 2017 - present
Medical College of Wisconsin
Position
  • Professor
September 2011 - present
Medical College of Wisconsin
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  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2003 - June 2006
U. S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • Fellow

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Publications (58)
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Engagement of the community through informal dialogue with researchers and physicians around health and science topics is an important avenue to build understanding and affect health and science literacy. Science Cafés are one model for this casual interchange; however the impact of this approach remains under researched. The Community Engagement K...
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Research in disaster management encompasses a variety of academic disciplines. Yet, despite calls to expand the range of methodologies used and elaborate a nascent theory of disaster management, progress towards a transdisciplinary framework is slow. Some reasons for this are explored by focusing on the research efforts of the international communi...
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Heroism represents the ideal of citizens transforming civic virtue into the highest form of civic action, accepting either physical peril or social sacrifice. While implicit theories of heroism abound, surprisingly little theoretical or empirical work has been done to better understand the phenomenon. Toward this goal, we summarize our efforts to s...
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This comprehensive analysis addresses the United States' alarming lack of preparedness to respond effectively to a massive disaster as evidenced by Hurricane Katrina. First, a timeline of problematic response events during and after Hurricane Katrina orients readers to some of the specific problems encountered at different levels of government. Sec...
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Opioid use disorder (OUD) disproportionately affects military Veterans, who are more likely than the general population to experience chronic pain. A community–academic partnership launched a community-engaged research (CEnR) project designed to train Veteran peer mentor specialists to prevent and reduce opioid abuse among Veterans. A series of foc...
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This toolkit is designed for anyone who would like to adopt community engaged practices to the fields of substance abuse, addiction recovery, or trauma-informed care. This toolkit uses peer mentoring as a successful model for intervention and prevention. Support for this project was provided by Clinical Scholars, a national leadership program suppo...
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Opioid use disorder (OUD) disproportionately affects military Veterans who are more likely than the general population to experience chronic pain. A community-academic partnership launched a community engaged research (CEnR) project designed to train Veteran peer mentor specialists to prevent and reduce opioid abuse among Veterans. The Milwaukee Pr...
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Veteran community engagement is an evolving discipline informed by traditional community-based participatory research, veteran studies, and veterans themselves. This Special Issue suggests that research collaborations including military veterans, soldiers, and their families as co-researchers is a critical next step toward a designing thinking pers...
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Veterans are at an increased risk of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD) and other comorbid psychiatric disorders, yet they often underutilize professional mental health services. Peer mentorship programs offer an alternative option for those seeking help for mental health problems. The purpose of this study was to examine alcohol use in veterans...
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Text classification using machine learning can be applied in various contexts such as in classifying research papers, identifying relevant news stories, and detecting fake reviews. Training an algorithm to perform such tasks generally requires a dataset with predefined labels. Valid labels for texts in a given domain can be predefined by domain exp...
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How we engage the community within our institutions, from higher education to social services, requires consistent reconceptualization. Many fields benefit from engaging the community; yet research around practical methods for engagement is limited. This study describes the process of using nominal group technique as a practical method for both com...
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Chronic stress stemming from trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to many health problems that are typically seen by primary care providers. Unfortunately, providers rarely identify trauma as the root cause of patient difficulties. The present paper provides an evidence-based rationale for implementing trauma-informed care...
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This is an introduction to the edited collection, Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives. This collection is a result of the intellectual exchanges among this small and intimate gathering of seasoned and early career researchers, educators, and postgraduate students. Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century ai...
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In this concluding chapter to the edited collection, Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives, we attempt to map the key findings from our book onto the established global wellbeing indicators. We will do this by (a) applying the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) domains and indicato...
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In this concluding chapter to the edited collection, Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives, we attempt to map the key findings from our book onto the established global wellbeing indicators. We will do this by (a) applying the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) domains and indicato...
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This article revisits the hero’s journey – and heroic behaviour as understood in its emerging contemporary conceptualisations – as a seat of intelligence across the biological, psychological, social, cultural, historical, phenomenological, and existential domains. In so doing, we acknowledge Joseph Campbell’s assertions about several changes that o...
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Transpersonal psychology has at times critiqued the broader psychology field for perpetrating a somewhat arbitrary Cartesian subject-object divide. Some phenomenologists claim that reframing this purported divide as an experienced phenomenon can defuse its philosophical impact. If subjective experiences are viewed as continuous with the lifeworld o...
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Introduction Community engagement (CE) has become more prevalent among academic health centers (AHCs), with significant diversity in practices and language. The array of approaches to CE contributes to confusion among practitioners. Methods We have reviewed multiple models of CE utilized by AHCs, Clinical and Translational Science Awards, and high...
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Introduction Science Cafés facilitated by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin seek to increase health and scientific literacy through informal conversation between researchers and community members. The goal was to understand what factors have the greatest influence on attendees’ perceived changes in health and s...
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Heroism as an expression of self-actualization and a pinnacle social state is of fundamental interest to humanistic psychology and the field more broadly. This review places the growing discussion on heroic action in a humanistic perspective, as heroism aligns with ethical self-actualization in its highest form, personal meaning making, and social...
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The philosophical roots of eudaimonia lie in “Aristotle’s view of the highest human good involving virtue and the realization of one’s potential … It begins with Aristotle’s emphasizing choice and suggesting that virtue, which is central to eudaimonia, involves making the right choices” (Deci and Ryan, J Happiness Stud 9(1):1–11, 2008, pp. 4, 7). A...
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Listen to Podcast Welcome to Progress in Community Health Partnerships’ latest episode of our Beyond the Manuscript podcast. In each volume of the Journal, the editors select one article for our Beyond the Manuscript post-study interview with the authors. Beyond the Manuscript provides the authors the opportunity to tell listeners what they would w...
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Background: Ensuring veterans’ access to healthcare is a national priority. Prior studies of veterans’ use of Veterans Health Administration (VA) healthcare have had limited success in evaluating barriers to access for certain vulnerable veteran subpopulations. Objectives: Our coalition of researchers and veteran community members sought to underst...
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• To develop a more nuanced understanding of why some veterans choose not to use Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical care. • To demonstrate the potential utility of a community partnered approach to collecting data relevant to VHA utilization choices. • Although many medically needy veterans lack ready healthcare alternatives, some choose...
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The challenges of civilian reintegration can adversely impact the life of veterans. Research shows that peer-mentorship can be very effective for mental health problems. Dryhootch (DH), a veteran-led community organization, has successfully implemented a peer-mentor program for veterans going through civilian reintegration. This article proposes iP...
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Ethical considerations in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects focused on health often receive short shrift. Trainees from allied health professions entering community settings can encounter a range of ethical problems. These situations require careful negotiation of both professional standards and community priorities. To illustr...
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Social Network Analysis (SNA) provides an important, underutilized approach to evaluating Community Academic Partnerships for Health (CAPHs). This study examines administrative data from 140 CAPHs funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP). Funder data was normalized to maximize number of interconnections between funded projects a...
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In this unique handbook, experts team up to explain the many innovative ways psychology is being applied to promote social justice. The wide-ranging, three-volume work addresses such significant issues as social justice ideology and critical psychology, war and trauma, poverty and classism, environmental justice, and well-being and suffering. It sh...
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A major national priority is establishing an effective infrastructure for translation of scientific discoveries into the community. Knowledge and practice continue to accelerate in health research yet healthcare recommendation adoption remains slow for practitioners, patients, and communities. Two areas of research placed in the later stages of the...
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Resilience has been described in many ways and is inherently complex. In essence, it refers to the capacity to face and do well when adversity is encountered. There is a need for empirical research on community level initiatives designed to enhance resilience for high-risk groups as part of an upstream approach to disaster management. In this study...
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Veterans often face great difficulties during the community and family reintegration after military deployment. Mental health problems resulting from war related traumatic experiences often make social readjustment very difficult. Many research suggests that peer-mentorship can be very effective for mental-health problems. Dryhootch (DH), a communi...
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Funders, institutions, and research organizations are increasingly recognizing the need for human subjects protections training programs for those engaged in academic research. Current programs tend to be online and directed toward an audience of academic researchers. Research teams now include many nonacademic members, such as community partners,...
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The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program represents a significant public investment. To realize its major goal of improving the public’s health and reducing health disparities, the CTSA Consortium’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee has undertaken the challenge of developing a taxonomy of community health indicators. T...
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A hand-carried ultrasound training session was organized as an initial step in developing a long-term ultrasound education program for family medicine residents and faculty. Comparative effectiveness studies examining the potential benefits, risks, and any possible cost savings associated with this technology will be predicated on having a sufficie...
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Community-based disaster response is gaining attention in the United States because of major problems with domestic disaster recovery over the last decade. A social network analysis approach is used to illustrate how community-academic partnerships offer one way to leverage information about existing, mediated relationships with the community throu...
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Vulnerable communities are disproportionately impacted by major disasters. Information scientists working to improve disaster planning and mitigation efforts in these communities often involve first responder (practitioner) groups in collaborative design; however, less emphasis has been placed on developing long-term, sustainable crisis informatics...
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Harris Friedman has made a unique contribution to science by constructing the first explicitly transpersonal measure, helping to bring transpersonal psychology into the realm of more conventional science. He has also engaged in a wide range of professional activities during his career, including mentoring younger scholars and professionals. This pa...
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This study attempted to evaluate the utility of the Incident Command System (ICS) in varying disaster contexts. ICS is mandated in the United States and practitioners assert that it is an effective organizing system for emergency management. However, researchers contend that the utility of ICS is conflated with inter-team familiarity gained during...
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The role of qualitative methods within humanistic psychology research is explored though a Web-based dialogue among the authors expressing varying, and often quite diverging, views on assorted concerns about research methodologies and their underlying epistemologies. Specifically explored is whether qualitative methods are inherently better for cap...
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The article presents an analysis of the disaster preparedness and management of the United States based on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the role of psychologists in disaster planning to provide mitigation efforts and clinical care to disaster victims using psychological principles. It discusses several failures...
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As the complexity of disasters increases, a transdisciplinary conceptual framework designed to address three key variables - technology, disaster severity, and human characteristics - must be developed and elaborated. Current research at the nexus of disaster management and information science typically addresses one or two of these factors, but ra...
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Circumstances can force almost anyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo show how we’re all capable of everyday heroism.

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