Frank R. Dillon

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. University of Missouri - Columbia

Phone: (518) 442-5047

Dr. Dillon joined the Counseling Psychology faculty in 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 and (2) promoting multicultural competent counseling research and practice. He has published on these topics in outlets such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, 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, 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.

ECPY 521 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
ECPY 601 Introduction to Counseling Theory & Practice
ECPY 606 Internship in Counseling
ECPY 706 Assessment in Counseling Psychology I
ECPY 805 Advanced Practicum I in Counseling Psychology      

Representative Publications

Dillon, F.R., Odera, L., Fons-Scheyd, A., Sheu, H., Ebersole, R.C., & Spanierman, L.B. (2016). A dyadic study of multicultural counseling competence. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 57-66.

Dillon, F.R., Alessi, E., Craig, S., Ebersole, R.C., Kumar, S., & Spadola, C. (2015). Development of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affirmative Counseling Self-Efficacy Inventory – Short form. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 86-95. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000087

Alessi, E. J., Dillon, F. R., & Kim, H. M. (2015). Determinants of lesbian and gay affirmative practice among heterosexual therapists. Psychotherapy. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1037/a0038733.

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, 27, 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, 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