Marta Pagan-Ortiz Marta Pagan-Ortiz, PhD


  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts - Boston (2020)
  • MS, Northeastern University (2013)
  • BA, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras (2009)


  • Clinical Practice I & II
  • Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory & Practice

Research and Practice Interests

  • Latinx health
  • Culturally competent interventions for racial/linguistic/ethnic minorities
  • Use of online interventions to increase access to health information and support
  • Understanding experiences of structural violence (defined broadly including institutional racism, medical access issues, etc) and related trauma

Publications and Presentations

Saleem, R., Morrill, Z., Brodt, M., & Pagán-Ortiz, M. (2021). Oppression and resistance: An analysis of Muslims’ experiences of structural violence. Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22588

Lamb, S., Pagán-Ortiz, M., Bonilla, S. (2021). How to provide sexual education: Lessons from a pandemic on masculinity, individualism, and the neoliberal agenda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18084144

Pagán-Ortiz, M. & Cortés, D. E. (2020). Feasibility of an online intervention for Latinas with chronic pain. Rehabilitation Psychology. doi: 10.1037/rep0000341

Saleem, R., Pagán-Ortiz, M., Morrill, Z., Brodt, M., & Andrade, L. (2020). “I thought it would be different”: Experiences of structural violence in the lives of undocumented Latinas.Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 26(2), 171-180. doi: 10.1037/pac0000420

Pagán-Ortiz, M., Goulet, P., Kogelman, L., Levkoff, S, & Weitzman, P. (2019). Feasibility of a texting intervention to improve medication adherence among older HIV+ African Americans: A mixed methods pilot study. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 5. doi: 10.1177/2333721419855662

See Google Scholar profile for Dr. Pagán-Ortiz for more information

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School (2020-2021)
  • Predoctoral Intern, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School (2019-2020)

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA)
  • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Community Engagement

  • Board of Directors, Our Bodies Ourselves