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Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, PhD



My research interests include the study of the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms associated with psychiatry disorders. I investigate how trauma-related events increase the vulnerability to develop mental disorders later in life.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Northwestern University, Neuroscience (2014)
  • BA
    University of Puerto Rico, Biology (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Travel Fellowship AwardSociety of Biological Psychiatry2018
NIDA Diversity Scholars Network ProgramNational Institute on Drug Abuse2017
NARSAD Young Investigator GrantBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2017
Biological Science Training Program Postdoctoral Fellowship2014
Neuroscience Scholars Program AssociateSociety of Neuroscience2014
Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant AwardNational Institute of Mental Health2013
Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Training Grant AwardNorthwester University2011
Neuroethics Writing Prize Runner-UpNeuroethics Society2009
Best Scientific Research in Biology AwardUniversity of Puerto Rico2009
Neuroscience Poster Presentation AwardAnnual Biomedical Research Conference2006

Professional Service

Neuroscience LettersReviewer2018 - Present
PLOS OneAssociate Editor2018 - Present
The World Journal of Biological PsychiatryReviewer2018 - Present
The American Journal of AddictionsReviewer2017 - Present
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric EpidemiologyReviewer2017 - Present
Society of Biological PsychiatryMember2017 - Present
American Society of Human GeneticsMember2015 - Present
Ciencia Puerto RicoMember2014 - Present

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