Executive Vice President Behavior Health and Wellness

Dr. Batkins, PhD, ABPP is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist with a sub- specialty in Children and Adolescents. He, also, is a trained mediator. Dr. Batkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University, received his PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and completed his doctoral Internship in Clinical Child Psychology at the APA site approved University of Alabama at Birmingham Center. He is a Fellow, Past President and National Evaluator for the American Board of professional Psychology- Couples and Family Psychology Specialty. Dr. Batkins completed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck MD at his University of Pennsylvania Institute as well as studied and consulted at the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy. He was a past Treasurer, Board member and is a current member of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Division of Licensed Psychologists as well as a former expert reviewer for the Social Security Administration.

Dr. Batkins utilizes an integration of Family Systems based strategies with both Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies in addition to other evidence based interventions from experts such as the Gottmans’ and Sue Johnson PhD.

He specializes in helping individuals, families and couples who struggle with irritability, anger, hostility, anxiety, suicide ideation, depression and relationship difficulties. He has a sub-specialty in treating angry, oppositional children and adolescents including those who are often stubborn, argumentative, noncompliant, defiant and violent.

Further, he helps youth who have experienced trauma in family related conflicts such as divorce, abuse, and neglect as well as parents who are overwhelmed and exhausted by their youth’s difficulties and other life stressors.

Prior to and concurrently with his tenure as a Senior Partner with the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta Dr. Batkins was a  University assistant professor and clinic coordinator at Winthrop University with a joint appointment at the University of South Carolina; and  he was the Chief of Emergency and Child & Adolescent Services at a Mental Health Center.

Also, he has been a Supervisor of psychological services within the Georgia public schools and a Center Director and founding member of the mental health staff of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Corrections where he helped design and implement suicide and violence prevention programs that significantly reduced the loss of patients’ lives.

Dr. Batkins has provided expert commentary for television and print media such as CNN and Atlanta Magazine. He is committed to non-profit efforts within the community and to that end is a Board member of a local Homeless Shelter, a spiritual teacher, Grief Group Facilitator, and administrative committee member in his Church, consultant to a national organization and he donates 20 to 30 percent of his practice to pro bono work.

Finally, Frank is married and loves spending time with his adult children and grands. He credits the crucible of being a combat Marine as a major reason why he is committed to bringing peace to families. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation among other medals for his military service. Dr. Batkins considers it a privilege to practice his profession with those who entrust themselves and their families to his care. Semper Fi.