In March 2013 Dr. Bonnie L. Blankmeyer completed 40 years of service with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Blankmeyer began her career in the Psychiatry Department in 1973 as a part time psychometrist performing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for medical and psychiatric patients. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1978. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Counseling Program from University of Texas at Austin in 1985. She completed a two year residency in the Psychology Residency Program in the department. Her dissertation was a five year study on the gastric bypass procedure for morbid obesity. The title is The Psychological Adaptation to Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity as a Function of Personality Characteristics. In 1991 she obtained respecialization from counseling to clinical psychology. She was Board Certified in 1996 by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow in the Academy of Clinical Psychology and in the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology.
She has been a full Professor/Clinical since 1998. She is a member of the Oxford Round Table, Lincoln College, Oxford England, and a fellow in the Bexar County Psychological Association. She is a charter member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the first Director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry. She teaches courses in the School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, and the School of Nursing both in the classroom/laboratory and clinical settings. She has made numerous presentations for organizations on Eating Disorders, obesity and other topics. She has produced video productions in the area of Eating Disorders, psychological assessment and other topics. She has written a number of articles on Eating Disorders, Person Perception, Continuing Education, the MMP1, and program evaluation. She is active on committees in the Department of Psychiatry, the School of Medicine, at the University and U.T. System levels.
Her professional affiliations include committees and boards at the local, state, and national levels. She is active in the community with the United Way.
In addition to her work in the Department of Psychiatry (20%), Dr. Blankmeyer is the Executive Director of the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson and ADA Compliance Office (80%). She is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional, has earned the title of Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional. She is a Certified Mediator through the American Association for Affirmative Action. In addition she was the first Professional Associate in the National Association of ADA Coordinators. She is a member of the International Ombudsman Association.
As the Executive Director of the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson and ADA Compliance Office she reports directly to Michael Gargano, Ed.D., Vice President, Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. She is the designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to constituents of UTHSCSA faculty, residents and student communities. She also is responsible for all Title VII formal policies and procedures for the academic side of the Health Science Center including the education and investigation of complaints involving faculty, residents, and students. She identifies and coordinates resolution of student, resident and faculty issues, requests and concerns related to Americans with Disabilities Act. She coordinates and collaborates with the various schools in the recruitment, selection and hiring of faculty, the Executive Committee and non-employee post-doctoral staff, ensuring compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity policies and regulations. She participates in the development, implementation and administration of applicable policies and practices. She is responsible for the design, execution, and effectiveness of a system o