• Member, MPH Program Curriculum Committee
  • Course Co-Director, PUBH 504 Behavioral & Social Sciences in Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Schools of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia

Dr. Blank received his BA with distinction in psychology from the University of Rochester and his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Blank’s research and writing focus on integration of health and mental health services delivery systems including treatment for co-morbid illness such as HIV/AIDS.  Other areas of interest include informal care and it's impact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery. Dr. Blank’s primary affiliation is with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research in the Psychiatry Department, and he also holds appointments as a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Schools of Nursing at Penn and the University of Virginia. He also serves as co-director of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and has been a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Philadelphia Health Department since 2002.  He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Community Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of Psychological Services, Community Mental Health Journal, Retrovirology Research and Treatment, and Journal of Rural Community Psychology.  Dr. Blank served as a Governing Councilor from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association from 2006-2008. At Penn, Dr. Blank has taught in the Master’s in Public Health Program, in the Department of Bioethics, and in the Department of Psychology. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN), which is intended to foster multi-site collaboration among the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the behavioral and social sciences. He has served on a number NIH and CDC study sections, and was a standing member of the NIH study section for Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to the Prevention of HIV/AIDS from 2005-2010. Dr. Blank is the author of over 100 papers, book chapters and reports, and editor of a book with Marlene Eisenberg, entitled “HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness”, published in 2007.