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Larry Ortiz, PhD, MSW

Larry Ortiz, PhD, MSW

Program Director, PhD in Social Policy and Social Research
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology

Contact Information

Email larryortiz@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7585
Fax 909-379-7594

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Office 201G
Loma Linda University
1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA  92408

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Sociology - State University of New York, Buffalo, 1987
  • Master of Social Work (emphasis in Clinical Social Work) - Western Michigan University, 1977

Areas of Specialization

  • Race and ethnic studies
  • Critical theory
  • Latino/a issues
  • Community practice
  • Program evaluation
  • Social justice practice

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work
  • Society for Social Work Research

Recent Publications

  • Ortiz, L. (2016) On the Road to Arivaca: A Prose Reflection on a Meeting. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.
  • Calvo, R., Ortiz, L., Padilla, Y. C., Waters, M. C., Lubben, J., Egmont, W., Rosales, R., Figuereo, V., Cano, M., Villa, P. (2015). Achieving equal opportunity and justice: the integration of Latino/a immigrants into American society (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Working Paper No. 20). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
  • Ortiz, Larry, Villa, Patricia, Bliss, Walleska, (2015) Integrating Promotoras in Front Line Mental Health Care: Preliminary Report for El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center, San Bernardino, CA.
  • Ortiz, L. (2014). Latino migration to Protestantism: A historical, socio-cultural, ecclesiastical analysis. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 41(3), 23-48.
  • Ortiz, L., Garcia, B., & Hernández, S. H. (2012). Guest editorial. Why it is important for social work educators to oppose racist-based anti-immigration legislation. Journal Of Social Work Education, 48(2), 197-203.
  • Ortiz, Larry, Garcia, Betty, Hernandez, Santos (2012) Why It Is Important for Social Work Educators to Oppose Racist Based Anti-Immigration Legislation Op-ed in Journal of Social Work Education, 197 – 203.

Recent Presentations

  • Ortiz, L., Villa, P., Montgomery, S., & Stephenson, J. Access is not Utilization: Exploring Latino Cultural Capital for Integrative Health Care. Presented at the 2016 62nd Annual Program Meeting (APM). November 3 – 6, 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  • Baek. K. & Ortiz, L. Korean Mental Health Perspective and Experiences in the United States. Presented at the 2016 62nd Annual Program Meeting (APM). November 3 – 6, 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  • Nakaoka, S. & Ortiz, L. _______ Like Me: Teaching Social Justice and Diversity to Students of Color. Presented at the 2016 62nd Annual Program Meeting (APM). November 3 – 6, 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  • Villa, P. & Ortiz, L. Integrating promotoras in frontline mental health care. Culture as an Anchor in Preventing and Reducing Health Disparities, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) 13th Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 8, 2016.
  • Ortiz, L., Montgomery, S., Villa, P., Stiel, L. Community-Based Participant Action Research and Evaluation: A Bottom-Up Approach to Inquiry. Presented at the 2015 61st Annual Program Meeting (APM). October 15 – 18, 2015. Denver, CO
  • Dettlaff, A., Calvo, R., Ortiz, L., Edgemont, W. The Impact of Immigration on Social Work Education. Presented at the 2015 61st Annual Program Meeting (APM). October 15 – 18, 2015. Denver, CO.
  • Calvo, R., Ortiz, L. Godenzi, A., & Baek, K. Latinos in Social Work Education: A Call for Action. Presented at the 2015 61st Annual Program Meeting (APM). October 15 – 18, 2015. Denver, CO.
  • Ortiz, L, Montgomery, S., Villa, P., & Jackson, V. (2014). Teaching Empowerment Evaluation: Concepts and Examples. Presented at the 2014 Annual Program Meeting (APM). The APM October 23–26, 2014 in Tampa, FL.
  • Ortiz, L., Hernandez, S. (2013). A Practice Model for Social and Personal Transformation. Presented at the 2013 Annual Program Meeting (APM). The APM October 28 –31, 2013 in Dallas, TX.

Community Engagement

  • Commission of Educational Policy, CSWE (2016-2019)
  • Program evaluation for The Open Door of San Bernardino (2016-present)
  • Samaritans of Tucson (2008-present)
  • Program evaluation for SHIELDS for Families (2006-2016)
  • LLU International Behavioral Health Trauma Team: consultation trip to Bolivia (2015)