Dr. Ortiz is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University, New York. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and a credential in school psychology with postdoctoral training in Bilingual School Psychology from San Diego State University.
He has served as Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan, as Vice President for Professional Affairs of APA Division 16 (School Psychology), and is currently serving third terms as a member of APA’s, Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment, Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, the New York State Committee of Practitioners on English Language Learners and Limited English Proficient Students, and recently completed service on the APA Presidential Task Force on Educational Disparities.
Dr. Ortiz serves or has served on various editorial boards including Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Applied School Psychology, Psychology in the Schools, and Journal of Cognitive Education. Dr. Ortiz trains and consults nationally and internationally (e.g., Japan, Mexico, Vietnam) for various federal, state, regional, and local educational agencies, conducts and supervises research in the schools, and has published widely on a variety of topics including nondiscriminatory assessment, evaluation of English learners, cross-battery assessment, and learning disabilities.
He has authored or co-authored 16 journal articles, 9 books, and 36 book chapters, as well as several software products including the Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix (C-LIM v2.0), the Processing Strengths and Weaknesses Analyzer (PSW-A v1.0), the XBA Data Management and Interpretive System (XBA DMIA 2.0), the SLD Assistant (v1.0), and the School Psychology Service Delivery Analyzer (SPSDA).
His recent books include “Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A practical guide,” and “Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, 3rd Edition”. Dr. Ortiz is bilingual, Spanish, and bicultural, Puerto Rican.