ABOUT ME

Dr. Blanc is an international behavioral scientist trained in the United States of America, France, and Haiti. She holds a teaching appointment within the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Currently, she is completing a NIH-T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine’s Center for Healthful Behavior Change. Dr. Blanc’s research uses mixed methods to study 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 Annales Medico-Psychologiques. 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 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. She has held a teaching position in psychology at the Universite d’Etat d’Haiti and other private universities in Haiti. She is the founder and CEO of Atizan Wellbeing, LLC., a consulting firm which offers services in the areas of research, evaluation and training in support of sustainable wellness and wellbeing nationally and globally.
 

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Stress exposure and human health

What are the psychophysiological outcomes in the aftermath of exposure to traumatic or chronic stress?

2015

Universite de Paris 13 (France)

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Psychological resilience

Is resilience a mediating/moderating factor in the relationship between stress exposure and health outcomes?

Sleep Health

What is the role of sleep health in the relationship between stress exposure and overall health?

Mind-Body Medicine

Is culturally-tailored mind-body intervention an effective option for the reduction of racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health outcomes? 

2011

Universite de Toulouse 2 (France)

Master's degree in Health Psychology and Psychopathology

2008

Universite de Caen Basse-Normandie (France)

Master's degree (first year) in Developmental Psychology

2007

Universite d'Etat d'Haiti 

B.Sc in Psychology

2018-Present

New York University School of Medicine (USA)

NIH-funded T32 Postdoctoral Fellow

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