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Judite Blanc

Applied Psychology Adjunct Faculty

Applied Psychology

Dr. Blanc is an international behavioral scientist trained in the United States of America, France, and Haiti. Currently, she is completing a NIH-T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine’s Center for Healthful Behavior Change. She also holds a teaching appointment within the applied psychology program at New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development. Dr. Blanc’s research uses mixed methods to explore the relationships between stress exposure (traumatic and chronic), resilience, and health outcomes (such as sleep, cardiovascular risks, aging, and DNA methylation). Her ultimate goal is to design culturally-tailored mind-body interventions to tackle racial/ethnic and gender disparities in stress exposure outcome locally, nationally, and globally.

Her research has appeared in such peer-reviewed publications as SLEEP, Journal of Affective Disorders, European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and L’Evolution Psychiatrique. In 2017, Dr. Blanc co-authored a book summarizing communications presented at the first Africana Psychology Festival that she founded in the Caribbean entitled, Pensees Afrocaribeenne et Psychotraumatismes de l’Esclavage et de la Colonisation (Afro-Caribbean Thought and Psychological Traumas of Slavery and Colonization).

Dr. Blanc’s abstract on sleep disturbance among the Haiti 2010 earthquake survivors has been selected by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the Media outreach campaign during the Sleep 2019 conference. Her works were covered in multiple languages in such publications as Slate, Medpage Today, PsychCentral, Science Daily, Reuters, Everyday Health, Newstrotteur, and Le National.

She has appeared on national television segments for Tele Pacific and Tele Éclair in Haiti. 

Dr. Blanc holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Universite de Paris 13 and a Master’s degree in Psychopathology and Health Psychology. Recently, she also completed a certificate in clinical investigation research at NYU School of Medicine. She has held a teaching position in psychology at the Universite d’Etat d’Haiti and other private universities in Haiti. 

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Research Articles
1.    Blanc, J.  Seixas, A. Donley, T., Bubu, OM, Williams, N. , Jean-Louis, G. (2020). Resilience Factors, Race/Ethnicity And Sleep Disturbance Among Diverse Older Females with Hypertension. Journal   of   Affective   Disorders. 
2.    Rahill G., Joshi,M., Blanc, J. et al. (In press). Gender differences in sleep disturbance patterns among urban Haitian earthquake survivors who also survived non-partner sexual violence: A latent class analysis approach. Sleep.
3.    Blanc et al. Implementation research for non-communicable diseases (NCD) management in humanitarian settings: an important frontier (Manuscript in development)
4.    Blanc, J., Vedanthan, R., Cadichon, J., Jean-Louis, G. Mouchenik, Y. (In press). Psychometric Properties of the Creole Version of PCL-S & PTSD Among Haitian Females Exposed to Natural Disaster During Pregnancy. Journal of Black Psychology. 
5.    Blanc, J., Rahill, G, Spruill, T., Jean-Louis, G.& Mouchenik, Y. (2019). Association between Prenatal Exposure to the Haiti 2010 Earthquake, Consequent Maternal PTSD and Autistic Symptoms in Offspring. European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.  
6.    Blanc, J., & Mouchenik, Y. (2017). Séisme, Grossesse et Devenir d'une Dyade Haïtienne Mère-Enfant Autiste et Epileptique. L’évolution Psychiatrique. 
7.    Blanc, J., Rahill G., Laconi S. & Mouchenik, Y. (2016). Religion, Depression, and Resilience in Survivors of Earthquake in Haiti. Journal of Affective Disorders, January, 190, 697-703. DOI:
8.    Blanc, J., Bui, E., Mouchenik, Y., Derivois, D., & Birmes, P. (2015). Prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression in two Groups of Children One Year after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Journal of Affective Disorders, February, 172, 121–126.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.09.055 

9.    Blanc, J., Mouchenik Y. (2015). Prevalence of Autistic Behaviors in Offspring of Haitian Mothers Three Years after a Devastating Earthquake. J Preg Child Health 2: 138. doi:10.4172/2376-127X.1000138. 

Book and book chapters
1.    Blanc, J., Nunez, J., Williams, N., Seixas, A., Robins, R., & Jean-Louis, G. (2019). Sleep Health Equity. In Grandner, M. (Ed.) Sleep and Health.  Academic Press/Elsevier. UK. 
2.    Williams N., Jean-Louis G., Blanc J., Wallace D. (2019) Race, Socioeconomic Position and Sleep. In Grandner, M. (Ed.) Sleep and Health.  Academic Press/Elsevier. UK. 
3.    Blanc, J. and Van Balkom, D.C. (2019). Children’s Mental Health Following the Haiti 2010 Earthquake.  In C.W. Hoven, S. Tyano & L. Amsel (Eds.), Disasters and their impact on children's mental health: an international perspective. New York: Springer Nature.
4.    Blanc, J. (2018). Esclavage et Psychotraumatologie de la Crise Haitienne (Slavery and Psychotraumatology of the Haitian Crisis). In Nicolas, A.C. & Bowser, B. (Ed.). Esclavage: quel impact sur la psychologie des populations? Editions Idem. Martinique. 
5.    Blanc, J., Madhere, S. (2017). Pensée Afrocaribéenne et (Psycho)traumatismes de la période esclavagiste et de la colonisation (Afrocaribbean thought and (psycho)trauma of slavery and colonization). Québec : Editions Science et bien commun.