Rosamaria Murillo, Ph.D., LMSW

Rosamaria Murillo, Ph.D., LMSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rosamarie Murillo, Ph.D., serves as director for the Health and Human Services Office of Border Affairs. In this role, she oversees programs focusing on access to health and social services for communities along the Texas-Mexico Border. Before this position, Murillo served as assistant director for the Austin Travis County Health Department, director for the Center for Policy Studies at UT San Antonio and prior to that, she worked for the Department of State Health Services in various senior management positions including deputy director of Preventive and Public Health Residency, director of Special Initiatives, director of Consumer Affairs, and director of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

Murillo is recognized at the national and state level as an expert in the field of access to health and social services. She has served as an advisor on diverse local, state, and national groups to develop policies, effective program and service strategies for underserved populations. For more than 25 years, Murillo has worked within different systems to lead, develop, implement, and strengthen health and social services for underserved communities. Her professional background includes development and implementation of community health worker (Promotoras de salud) programs, community driven participatory research, administration, planning, and policy development within nonprofits and state and local governments, strategic planning, facilitation of stakeholder engagement, and leading service delivery systems, organizational development, and program operations.

Murillo has extensive experience developing and writing successful public and private grant proposals totaling close to 20 million dollars. She has been the principal investigator for programs focusing on comprehensive women’s health, breast and cervical cancer outreach, screening, and prevention; comprehensive cancer initiatives; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling in Texas Colonias; maternal and child health, pregnancy prevention, community health worker collaboration initiatives; diabetes; and community organizing and advocacy.

Since 2007, Murillo has served as lecturer for various universities including The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work (where she currently teaches the nonprofit management graduate course) and Texas State (Advance Policy cources). She has taught at The University of Texas at San Antonio School of Public Policy, Phoenix University School of Business.

Murillo holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the School of Business at Our Lady of the Lake, an MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and a BA in Psychology from UT Austin.

Professional Interests

Organizational development within health and human service organizations; strategic planning; stakeholder engagement; policy practice, community-based participatory research, and workforce development


  • Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake University
  • M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin


Social Work Building


Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358