Dr. Velasquez is the Centennial Professor in Leadership in Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence and director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise and research focus on the development and implementation of interventions using the Transtheoretical Model and Motivational Interviewing. With over 20 years of support from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Velasquez has developed and studied behavioral interventions in the areas of integrated primary care, screening and brief interventions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, prenatal health, HIV prevention, and smoking cessation.
Ph.D. , The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
M.A. , University of Houston-Clear Lake
Motivational Interviewing, evidence-based interventions, integrated behavioral health, smoking cessation, alcohol abuse, prenatal health.