Larry Ortiz, PhD, MSW

Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology

Contact Information

Phone 909-379-7585

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
  • MSW, 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

Current Research Projects

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE Social Work)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • Stephenson, J., Distelberg, B., Morton, K., Ortiz, L., Montgomery, S. (2019) Depression Treatment Recommendations at an Integrated Federally Qualified Health Center: A Mixed Methods, Ethnic-Linguistic Analysis. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32, 6, 904-912.
  • Nakaoka, S., Ortiz, L., Garcia, B., (2019) Intentional Weaving Critical Race Theory into a MSW Program in a Hispanic Serving Institution. Urban Social Work3, Supplement 1, S115-128.

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)