Academics: Faculty

Psychology at Spelman

Juanchella Grooms Francis, Ph.D.


Office: 404-270-5640
Location: Giles Hall, Room 211


Ph.D., Walden University
M.P.A., Atlanta University
B.S., Howard University
Began teaching at Spelman College in 2005
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Courses Taught:

General Psychology for Non-majors General Psychology for Majors (201 and 202) Industrial Organizational Psychology First Year Experience

Prior to becoming a lecturer at Spelman, Dr. Francis worked in management for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Education under the leadership of former and late Mayor Maynard Jackson. In August 1994, she joined the City of Decatur Police Department as its first civilian Community Relations Specialist. For 16 years, she managed a one-woman division,and served as liaison for the police department and the Decatur community by conducting crime prevention and intervention training. As a conflict mediator, she collaborated with the City of Decatur Court System, Decatur Housing Authority and the Decatur City School System.

Personal and Professional Research Interests

  • Dr. Francis is most fulfilled when teaching and offering hope to people who believe they have no hope.
  • She is an expert at facilitating positive transformation in individuals, small groups and organizations.
  • Areas of interests include: Conflict Mediation and Resolution in the Workplace; Employee and Organizational Benefits of Telecommuting; and Organizational Culture
  • Memberships, Honors and Awards

    • American Psychological Association
    • Psychology National Honor Society (Psi Chi) Charter Chapter-Walden University
    • Conflict Mediator
    • Difficult Dialogues facilitator
    • Associate Minister-Second Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
    • 1998 Leadership DeKalb graduate
    • National Forum for Black Public Administrators Fellowship recipient
    • Housing and Urban DevelopmentFellowship recipient
    • Former Board Member: The Atlanta Project; Communities That Care-Task Force to Reduce Underage Alcohol Consumption; Overcoming Obstacles; Seniors & Law Enforcement Together (SALT); Christmas Decatur; Vulnerable Adults Living At-Risk Invisibly