• Coordinator, Health Education Specialist and Wellness Coaching Program, Health-Kinesiology
  • Professor (Lecturer), Health and Kinesiology

Research Summary

My research interests are in the areas of resilience, disordered eating (from clinical eating disorders to obesity), and body image. I have studied eating disturbances and body image concerns in Division I college athletes and examined the relationship between resilience and eating disorder risk in female college students.


  • PhD, Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah
  • Master of Science, Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah


Julia Franklin, PhD received her education from the University of Utah, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Education. Her studies have focused on disordered eating, body image, and resilience. She was a founding student member of SPEAK (Students Promoting Eating disorder Awareness and Knowledge) and served as Outreach Director for six years. During this time she organized and implemented over 80 events, including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, health fairs, and community outreach projects. She has presented at local and national conferences on topics such as the role of health educators in eating disorder prevention efforts and building positive body image through resilience. She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in 2017.