Frank R. Dillon

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia

Phone: (518) 442-5047

Dr. Dillon joined the Counseling Psychology faculty in Fall 2014. His research addresses health disparities and mental health issues affecting racial, ethnic, and sexual minority groups in the United States. His principal research interests are (1) studying cultural and social determinants of health including substance use disorders and HIV risk behaviors, (2) developing culturally relevant and valid psychosocial measures, and (3) promoting multicultural competent counseling interventions and education. He has published on these topics in outlets such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Counselor Education and Supervision – among others. He also has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to study cultural and social determinants of health among Latinos in the US. He is a member of the National Hispanic Science Network, College of Problems of Drug Dependence, American Public Health Association, and the American Psychological Association. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and The Counseling Psychologist.

Theories of Counseling
Others to be determined

Cultural and social determinants of health disparities and mental health; lesbian, gay, bisexual affirmative counseling

Representative Publications

Dillon, F.R. (2013). Measurement equivalence of the Revised Helping Alliance Questionnaire across African American and Non-Latino White substance using adult outpatients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45, 173-178. doi:

Dillon, F.R., De La Rosa, M., & Ibañez, G.E. (2013). Acculturative stress and diminishing family cohesion among recent Latino immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15, 484-491. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9678-3.

Dillon, F.R., De La Rosa, M., Sastre, F., & Ibañez, G.E. (2013). Alcohol misuse among recent Latino immigrants: The protective role of pre-immigration familismo. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 956-965. doi: 10.1037/a0031091.

Dillon, F.R., Worthington, R.L., & Moradi, B. (2011). Sexual identity as a universal process. In: S.J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, VAL. Vignoles (Eds.), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research (pgs. 649-670). New York, Springer.

Worthington, R. L. & Dillon, F.R. (2011). Deconstructing multicultural counseling competencies research: Comment on Owen, Leach, Wampold, and Rodolfa (2011). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(1), 10-15. doi:10.1037/a0022177.

Dillon, F.R., De La Rosa, M., Schwartz, S.J., Rojas, P., Duan, R., & Malow, R. (2010). U.S. Latina age of sexual debut: Long-term associations and implications for HIV and drug abuse prevention. AIDS Care, 22, 431-440. PMCID: 2858864.

Dillon, F.R., Worthington, R.L., Soth-McNett, A.M., & Schwartz, S.J. (2008). Gender and sexual identity based predictors of lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative counseling self-efficacy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 353-360. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.39.3.353.

Dillon, F.R., Turner, C.W., Robbins, M.S., & Szapocznik, J. (2005). Concordance between biological, interview, and self-report measures of drug use among African American and Hispanic adolescents referred for drug abuse treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19, 404-413. PMCID: 16366812.

Dillon, F.R., Worthington, R.L., Bielstein Savoy, H., Rooney, S.C., Becker-Schutte, A., & Guerra, R.M. (2004). On becoming allies: A qualitative study of LGB-affirmative counselor training. Counselor Education and Supervision, 43, 162-178.

Dillon, F.R., & Worthington, R.L. (2003). The lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) affirmative counseling self-efficacy inventory: Development, validation, and training implications. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 235-251. doi: 10.1037/0022-0167.50.2.235