Franklin Moreno, PhD

Building Community-Based Agencies’ Capacity to Reduce Gun Violence

Franklin Moreno currently serves as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow at the Public Policy Lab in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. In this role, he will develop an online Resource Hub that provides free tools and resources to bolster direct service organizations’ ability to respond to community-based gun violence.

Previously, Franklin was a postdoctoral fellow at The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. He has extensive experience researching violence, policy, and its impact in urban communities in the U.S. and Central America. Franklin’s cross-national research focuses on how child and adolescent development are associated with exposure to community violence in Newark, NJ, and San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras. His research examines youth emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development amid conditions of safety, insecurity, and violence shaped by the interactions between gangs, law enforcement, family, and community members in general. Franklin has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on youth development and exposure to violence. He was recently awarded a grant to conduct a mixed-methods study on the experiences of safety and insecurity of law enforcement agencies in Honduras.

Franklin is fluent in Spanish and holds a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University and a master’s and PhD in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Emerging Leader Fellow

2023 – 2025

Public Policy Lab, Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts


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