Recent Events

•  Dr. Mary Velasquez presented on “CHOICES4Health: A Tablet-Based Intervention to Prevent Alcohol-, Tobacco and Marijuana Exposed Pregnancies” at the 7th annual WCAAR Advance Conference at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research. (3/2019)

•  Dr. Mary Velasquez  co-presented (with J. Hanson and K. Ingersoll) on “Using Technology in Novel Approaches to Prevent Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies” at the 8th International Conference on FASD, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (3/2019)

•  New CDC grant award: “Reaching Health Professionals to Prevent FASDs” (NU84 DD000009, PI: Velasquez). HBRT is partnering with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to promote the use of primary prevention in healthcare practice to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancy and reduce the prevalence of FASDs.

•  New publication: Johnson, S.K., von Sternberg, K., & Velasquez, M.M. (2018). Changing multiple health risk behaviors in CHOICES. Preventive Medicine Report, 11:69-73. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.05.006. eCollection 2018 Sep

•  New publication: Parrish, D.E., von Sternberg, K., Benjamins, L.J., Duron, J., & Velasquez, M.M. (2018). CHOICES-TEEN: Reducing substance-exposed pregnancy and HIV among juvenile justice adolescent females. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-10. doi.org/10.1177/1049731518779717

•  New publication: [Velasquez, M.M., expert panel contributor].  Implementing Care for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Medical Settings: An Extension of SBIRT : SBIRT Change Guide 1.0 Feb. 2018. Washington, DC: National Council for Behavioral Health. (2/2018)

•   CDC launches online FASD Training modules for healthcare professionals [M.M. Velasquez and HBRT FASD team, content co-developers with Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy] (1/2018)

•   Dr. Mary M. Velasquez is appointed to the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research executive committee (1/2018)

•  Curriculum and training: [Velasquez, M. M., Dell Medical School Transformative Team member]. Integrated Behavioral Health curriculum for Interprofessional Training (social work, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, educational psychology) and MI training to 300 students per yearly cohort. (2016-2018, ongoing)

•  NIAAA Diversity Supplement to our study, Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care (parent grant R01AA022924), awarded to support research by Dr. Mercedes Hernandez (9/2017)

•  Curriculum and training: Velasquez, M. M.  Motivational Interviewing curriculum and training for Interprofessional Education, Dell Medical School (2016-ongoing)

•   Motivational Interviewing training provided to 60 clinical staff at Harris Health community health clinics (Houston, TX, 9/2017)

•   New publication: Alley, E.S., Velasquez, M.M., & von Sternberg, K. (2017). Associated factors of readiness to change in young adult risky drinkers. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Aug. 22: 1-10. doi:10.1080/00952990.2017.1363768

•   Motivational Interviewing training provided to 80 staff at Travis County Juvenile Probation (8/2017)

•   New publication: Velasquez, M.M., von Sternberg, K., Floyd, R.L., Parrish, D., Kowalchuk, A., Stephens, N.S., Ostermeyer, B., Green, C., Seale, J.P., & Dolan Mullen, P. (2017). Preventing alcohol- and tobacco-exposed pregnancies with CHOICES Plus in primary care clinics: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(1):85-95. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.02.012.  (4/17)

  New publicationVelasquez, M.M., Sirrianni, L., & Stotts, A. (2017). Substance Use Disorders in Women, In M. Kopala & M. A. Keitel (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Women. (2nd edition; pp.470-488). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. (02/2017)

•   Dr. Mary M. Velasquez begins appointment to Practice Transformation Team for Achieving Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Practice Transformation project, National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) and SAMHSA (01/2017)

•   Dr. Mary M. Velasquez  is inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research (01/2017)

•   New publication: Johnson, S., von Sternberg, K., & Velasquez, M.M. (2017). A comparison of profiles of transtheoretical model constructs of change among depressed and nondepressed women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. Women’s Health Issues, 27 (1), 100-107.  doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.09.013 (01/2017)

•   Dr. Mary M. Velasquez receives AMERSA’s Betty Ford Award for research contributions in women’s substance abuse and prevention Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) (11/2016)

•   Dr. Mary M. Velasquez  begins 4-year appointment as NIH reviewer, Center for Scientific Review standing study section on Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions (IPTA) (10/2016)

•   Motivational Interviewing training provided to 80 staff at Travis County Juvenile Probation (11/2016)

•   New publication: Parrish, D., von Sternberg, K., Castro, Y., & Velasquez, M.M. (2016). Processes of change in preventing alcohol exposed pregnancy: A mediation analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(9), 803-812. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000111 (09/2016)

•   Curriculum development: Erickson, C. & Velasquez, M. M. Addiction Medicine curriculum for Interprofessional Education, Dell Medical School (2015)