Director, UNC Program on Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry
UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
UNC Mental Health Specialists – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
B.A., Chemistry, Emory University
M.D., Vanderbilt University
General Psychiatry Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Roberto Blanco is a Clinical Associate Professor in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and co-director of the Program on Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry. He completed General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UNC School of Medicine. He has been on the clinical faculty since 2010 after completing his training and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry through the American Psychiatric Association.
He spends his time providing mental health services to children and adults with Developmental Disability and Autism in the community, at Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, NC as a psychiatric consultant, at UNC as part of our specialty clinics, and as Medical Director for NC START Central.
Dr. Blanco is fortunate to work and have worked in numerous settings in the community including through Telepsychiatry, at Group Homes, Residential Facilities, Homeless Shelters, and in community and hospital-based clinics to expand access to mental health care to geographically isolated and underserved communities in multiple languages including Spanish. He spent 10 years working with first-generation Latino Immigrants and families in North Carolina at El Futuro, Inc.
He has a deep interest in International Mental Health and has traveled to Central America, South America, and the Carribean to provide mental health care and consultation as part of medical missions, local health clinics, and governmental organizations.
Dr. Blanco serves as an advisor for medical students at the UNC School of Medicine in Williamson College and enjoys teaching and mentoring students through the CAMPOS Program, RICE (Critical Reflection, Inter-professional Education, Communication Skills, and Ethics), as co-director of the Klinginstein Third Generation Foundation at UNC School of Medicine, and through his clinical work.