Dr. Candyce S. Berger, Chair & Professor
Ph.D. University of Southern California • MSW George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University • BA Washington University • Practice Experience: Social work in health care, hospital administration • Research Interests: Health policy, social work practice in health care, and women’s health
Donna Cude-Islas, Clinical Instructor & Practicum Coordinator
MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin • BSW, The University of Texas at El Paso. LCSW – State of Texas• Board Approved Clinical Supervisor – State of Texas. ACSW – National Association of Social Workers • Practice Experience: Social work in health care, Guardianship, Foster care & adoption. Research Interests: Aging, health care and disaster/trauma.
Dr. Faith Lucas, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. and MSSW University of Texas at Austin • BA San Jose State University • LMSW – State of Texas • Practice Experience: Social work in health care • Research Interests: Perception of medical issues across generations in families of Mexican descent • Bilingual – Spanish and English
Dr. Mark Lusk, Professor
Ed.D. and MSW The University of Kentucky • BA New Mexico State University • LMSW – State of Texas • LCDC – State of Texas • Academy of Certified Social Workers (NASW) • Practice and research experience in medical social work, drug counseling and international social work • Fulbright Fellowships: Catholic University of Peru & Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro • Trilingual – English, Spanish and Portuguese
Dr. Eva M. Moya, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at El Paso • MSSW University of Texas at Austin • BA University of Texas at El Paso • LMSW – State of Texas • Fellowship – Kellogg National Fellows Leadership Program • Practice Experience: Border health, community organization, bi-national social work and public policy • Research Interests: Border health, Photovoice method • Bilingual – Spanish and English
Dr. Yok Fong Paat, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, MSW University of Oklahoma, BSW Western Michigan University, LCSW State of Texas • Practice experience: Child welfare, social services, and clinical counseling. Research interests: Children's well-being, mental health, community health, family violence, education, migration and immigration • Tri-Lingual: English, Chinese, and Malay
Dr. Kathryn Schmidt, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. and M.S. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill • MSW New Mexico State University • BS - Indiana University. Research Interests: LGBTQI people's access to social services, Sexual attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of college students, Evaluating effective interventions for family and sexual violence • Practice Experience: Hospice and Family Violence.
Dr. Sam Terrazas, Assistant Professor
PhD and MSW Barry University • BSW Florida Atlantic University • LCSW State of Florida • Practice experience: mental health, administration, community organization and private practice • Research interests: farmworker mental health, access and utilization of human services among Hispanics and farmworkers • Bi-Lingual: Spanish and English
Dr. Griselda Villalobos, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin • MSW New Mexico State University • BSW New Mexico State University • LCSW – State of Texas • Cognitive Behavioral Therapist • National Association of Social Workers, Board Member • Practice Experience: Mental health, child protection, gerontology, medical social work and guardianship • Research Interests: Mental health among Hispanics • Bilingual – Spanish and English
Arturo Acosta, Lecturer
MSW New Mexico State University • BSW University of Texas at El Paso • Associate of Arts – El Paso Community College • LMSW – State of Texas • LCDC – State of Texas • Practice Experience: Substance abuse • Bilingual – Spanish and English
Dr. Silvia Chavez Baray, Lecturer
Ph.D. Psychology, Instituto Humanista de Sinaloa, Mexico • Master of Science in Child Psychology, Instituto Humanista de Sinaloa • Licenciada - Psychology, Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Monterrey • Experience: Child welfare, Clinical counseling, Guardianship, Foster care & adoption • Research Interests: Health care and migration.
Carlos Gallinar, Lecturer
MCRP Rutgers University. BA University of Texas at El Paso • American Institute of Certified Planners • Congress for New Urbanism-Accredited • Professional Experience: community development, comprehensive planning, affordable housing, neighborhood redevelopment, municipal urban policy. Bilingual: Spanish and English.
Janine Laskowski Gallinar, Lecturer
MSW Rutgers University • BSW Cabrini College • LCSW – State of Texas • Board of Directors – Annunciation House • Practice Experience: Medical social work, school social work children and families • Proficient in Spanish
Dr. Rebecca J. Hester, Affiliate Faculty
Ph.D. & M.A., University of California Santa Cruz, BA, University of California Berkeley, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch Institute for Medical Humanities. Galveston • Research Interests: Migration, Health and Security Languages: Tri-lingual: English, Spanish and French
Elizabeth "Beth" Senger, Clinical Lecturer
MSW New Mexico State University • BS Park College • Practice Experience: Exec. Director Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child Protective Services, Computer technology • Research Interest: child welfare, strategic planning, program evaluation, human services
Hector Zamora, Lecturer
MSSW University of Texas at Austin • BS University of Texas at El Paso • LMSW - State of Texas • Practice Experience: Community corrections, Juvenile probation, Sex offender treatment • Bi-lingual – Spanish and English