Adler School Names David Castro-Blanco Director of Psy.D. Program

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The Adler School of Professional Psychology has named David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., as the new Director of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program.

The Adler School of Professional Psychology ( has named David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., as the School's new Director of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program. Dr. Castro-Blanco joined the Adler School as a core faculty member in August, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience in teaching, research and administration.

"Dr. Castro-Blanco has a strong record of collaboration and new program creation," said Martha Casazza, Ed.D., the Adler School's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "He understands what is needed to promote excellence and he has the visionary spirit to make it happen. In the short time he has been at the School, he has already led a team that will enable the School to obtain federal and private research funding by establishing federal registration with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)."

Dr. Castro-Blanco has a strong background in adolescent suicide prevention and anxiety disorders. He will continue to teach a limited number of classes, and plans to reach out to primary healthcare providers to strengthen ties and foster formal establishment of interdisciplinary teams that include psychologists, an emerging healthcare theme. Adler School students could benefit through clinical and community service practica and other training opportunities, as well through exposure to primary healthcare professionals in the classroom. "We already have some pieces in place, and we'd like to build on that to stay at the forefront of the field," said Dr. Castro-Blanco. "By creating and strengthening those relationships, we're laying the ground work for future collaboration, as well as teaching students how they can complement the primary healthcare team."

In his new role, Dr. Castro-Blanco is responsible for supervising faculty and overseeing initiatives to maintain and advance teaching quality, managing the program budget, advocating for students, faculty and the program at large and contributing to the development of the program curricula and training experiences. As director, he said he plans to ensure that the Adler School stays at the forefront of professional trends, and to encourage faculty and students to publish scholarly work and forge collaborations within and outside of the School's learning community.

"It's a very exciting time to be at Adler because the School is at the leading edge of where programs are going, rather than following the curve," said Dr. Castro-Blanco. "Coming to the Adler School is also very appealing because social responsibility is so prominently emphasized in the school's mission, teaching and training."

Prior to coming to the Adler School, Dr. Castro-Blanco taught psychology at St. John's University in New York City and Long Island University-Brooklyn. He established the Anxiety, Mood and Personality Studies (AMPS) Laboratory at Long Island University-Brooklyn and served as its director. Dr. Castro-Blanco has been involved in a variety of research focusing on suicide and anxiety, as well as mentoring students completing their doctoral dissertations. He's also written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and treatment manuals and has given dozens of research presentations at meetings. He's served on the editorial boards of two psychology journals.

He resides in Glenview with his wife, a child psychiatrist, and three children.

More about the Adler School of Professional Psychology: The Adler School has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for over 50 years. The School's mission is to train socially responsible graduates who practice psychology throughout the world. The Adler School has ten graduate-level programs with approximately 900 students enrolled at the main campus in Chicago and a second campus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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