Natalie Franks is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist, having earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2013 with an emphasis in mental health. In addition, she received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2012. Natalie has had experience working as an Occupational Therapist in both inpatient and community-based full- service partnership settings.
Natalie’s passionate and innovative work in Christian mental health grew largely out of her own personal experience living with anxiety and depression. From an early age, she battled with debilitating anxiety that permeated every area of life. It wasn’t until her senior year at USC that she knew her experience had great purpose and value, specifically in a Christian setting. Natalie had personally experienced silence surrounding faith and mental health in her community at USC and knew that her story could help to bridge the gap.
Upon her graduation from USC in 2013, Natalie joined staff with The Grace Alliance and now serves as the Executive Director of Programs. She currently oversees content and product development for all curriculum, programs and materials and is the author of Redefine Grace, the latest Grace Alliance small group curriculum.
Natalie strives to see hope practically communicated and experienced through the Grace Alliance materials and has impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals through educational seminars, speaking engagements and coaching throughout local communities and churches.