Assistant Professor
FCM-Research Programs
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, United States
Current employment
Counseling Services Program
Center for Children and Families
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Bilingual Therapist
Counseling Services
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Associate and Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, United States


PhD from University of Georgia
Policies that affect women and families
MSW from University of Alabama
Children, Youth, and Families
MA from University of Alabama
Women's Studies (Reproductive Health & Rights)
BA from Universidad Externado de Colombia
Female Journalists in Colombia


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
University of Georgia
PhD in Social Work

Honors & Awards

Ed Cline Faculty Senate Award
To support sabbatical research.
Junior Faculty Fellowship
To conduct summer research
Junior Faculty Fellowship
To conduct summer research
Presidential International Travel Award
To travel abroad to conduct summer research
Faculty Enrichment Grants
Three grants to help with literature review
University Wide Assistantship Award
To finish Ph.D. dissertation research
Dissertation Research Grant Award
To partially fund dissertation research
Outstanding Thesis Award
Outstanding Thesis Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama.

Professional Interests

  • Health - Mental Health - Reproductive Health&Rights

Selected Publications


National Association of Social Workers


Peer Recovery Expansion Project
Co-PI. To expand and enhance service capacity through the expansion of peer recovery support services in the Greater Houston Area. Specific focus on African American and Hispanic/Latino adults. Funding: SAMHSA.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Practice and Implementation Centers
To build the infrastructure for the FASD Practice and Implementation Center (PIC)-South and develop, pilot test, and disseminate discipline specific training for family physicians and social workers. Partners: CDC, other funded centers, and national professional organizations, including NASW.
Houston, Rio Grande Valley, TX
To train service providers in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for substance use disorders and people at risk for developing substance use disorders.


Mental Health Therapy/Counseling
-Client Centered
-Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
-Family Systems / Couples Therapy
-Narrative / Psychodynamic Therapies
-Trust Based Relational Intervention-TBRI
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Trauma Based-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Mindfulness/Relaxation Techniques
Media Appearances
-BCM Blog:
-FOX interview:
-12+ years of classroom teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate students;
-Training provided to faculty, providers and clients of social services/community organizations, and medical residents.
-Presentations at local, national, and international conferences.
Qualitative Research Methods
Document Analysis, Grounded Theory, Phenomenology, Case Study, Field Research.