- Ph.D., Community Psychology, New York University
Blanca has a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. She has held several research and teaching positions in Puerto Rico and New York. Since 1995 she has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Institute for Psychological Research at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedars Campus. Between 2012 al 2014 she worked as the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and prior to that as an Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, community empowerment the development of structural interventions to prevent HIV in various groups, and public policy. She also does research in areas such as community activation, citizen participation and development of community capital. She has conducted research to evaluate HIV-related preventive interventions in New York, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti. She has been invited to teach courses in México, Uruguay, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Ortiz has coordinated Proyecto Atlantea, an academic exchange program between University of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. She has been a board member of several community-based organizations and was the President of the Puerto Rican Psychological Association (1983) and the Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean of the Interamerican Psychological Society.