Full Name
Corinne Ortega PhD
Job Title
Psychology Services Administrator
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Speaker Bio
Dr. Corinne Ortega earned her Ph.D. in Psychological and Cultural Studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She holds a BA in sociology and psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, New York. Dr. Ortega is a licensed psychologist in New York and board certified in clinical psychology. Dr. Ortega initially served as a psychology extern at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), New York and Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Brooklyn, New York in 1993 while pursuing her master’s degree. She assumed duties as a pre-doctoral psychology intern at Federal Medical Center, Devens, Massachusetts in 2003. She returned to MCC New York as a post-doctoral psychologist in 2005 and transferred back to MDC Brooklyn as a staff psychologist in 2006. In 2009, Dr. Ortega was promoted to Special Management Unit (SMU) psychologist at Federal Correctional Complex (FCC), Oakdale, Louisiana. While at FCC Oakdale, Dr. Ortega received the Correctional Program Division Special Recognition Award for her work in developing programing for the SMU. In 2011, Dr. Ortega was promoted to chief psychologist at Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, Texas and served in that capacity until 2016 when she was promoted to chief psychologist at Federal Detention Center, Miami, Florida. Dr. Ortega returned to MDC Brooklyn in 2018 as chief psychologist. In 2020, Dr. Ortega assumed duties as the psychology administrator for the northeast region. She is the northeast regional correctional support team leader and the regional female offender treatment coordinator. Dr. Ortega is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program and has been recognized for her work with underserved populations. She is also a two-time recipient of both the Royce Ronning Memorial Award for Cultural Diversity in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Larson Minority Fellowship at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She has presented on a number of professional topics ranging from staff-wellness, cultural humility and competence, sexual abuse prevention and intervention, cognitive health, grief and bereavement, leadership development, suicide prevention, victim advocacy, violence intervention, and the utilization of employee assistance program services, to a wide audience that has included the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as local community, judicial, and academic settings.