Michael Blank, PhD's primary affiliation is with the HIV Prevention Research Division in the Psychiatry Department, and he also holds appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, the Center for Health Behavior Research, and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He also serves as co-director of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Core of the the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center where he also directs the Community Engagement Core. 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 its impact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery.
He serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Psychology, and is currently on the editorial boards of many other journals. 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 a national network intended to foster multi-site collaboration among the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the behavioral and social sciences. Dr. Blank is the author of over 150 papers, book chapters and reports, and editor of a book with Marlene Eisenberg, entitled HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness (2007). 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.