April 13 - Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD

Preventing Substance-Exposed Pregnancies: Implementing Innovative Prevention Programs in Community Settings

Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD

Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, is Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT) at The University of Texas Austin. She and her HBRT team have developed and studied behavioral interventions targeting alcohol-exposed pregnancies and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, substance abuse, HIV prevention, smoking cessation and prenatal health. She has worked extensively in developing, training and testing models of screening and brief interventions for alcohol and other substances.  She is a trainer in both Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model, and also serves as reviewer on NIH-Center for Scientific Review Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions study section.