Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.

Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.

Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence; Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute

Dr. Mary Marden Velasquez is the Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence and Director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Dr. Velasquez holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center-School of Public Health.

Her program of research focuses 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. A recent emphasis has been on teaching graduate students and health professionals to use brief motivational interventions in medical settings. She is the author of books, journal articles and book chapters on using brief interventions to facilitate treatment adherence and promote behavior change for a variety of health problems. Dr. Velasquez is an internationally recognized trainer in both Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model, and is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Behavioral Health, Integrated Primary Care, Evidence-based interventions, Transtheoretical Model (stages of change),  Motivational Interviewing.

Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • M.A., University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • B.S., University of Houston-Clear Lake

Teaching History

Faculty Research

Contact

Hartland Plaza

Room:HPB 295, (Off. Hrs. SSW 3.130E)
Phone:(512) 471-7019
Fax:(512) 232-0638
Email:velasquez@austin.utexas.edu

Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd R5100
Austin, TX 78712-0358