Mary Marden Velasquez, Ph.D., is the Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence and director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Velasquez holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center-School of Public Health.
Her program of research focuses on the development and implementation of interventions using the Transtheoretical Model and Motivational Interviewing. With over 20 years of support from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Velasquez has developed and studied behavioral interventions in the areas of integrated primary care, screening and brief interventions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, prenatal health, HIV prevention, and smoking cessation. A recent emphasis has been on teaching graduate students and health professionals to use brief motivational interventions in medical settings. She is the author of books, journal articles and book chapters on using brief interventions to facilitate treatment adherence and promote behavior change for a variety of health problems. Velasquez is an internationally recognized trainer in both Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model, and is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Behavioral Health, Integrated Primary Care, Evidence-based interventions, Transtheoretical Model (stages of change), Motivational Interviewing.
- Be Well Texas: Treatment and Recovery Grant Program – SBIRT (2026)
- Component A: Engaging Social Workers in Preventing Alcohol- and other Substance-Exposed Pregnancies (2026)
- Engaging Social Workers in Boosting COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake (2022)
- Reaching healthcare professionals to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) (2022)
- Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care (2020)
- Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care: Diversity supplement (2020)
- National Social Work Collaboration for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (2019)
- CHOICESPlus+: Adapted Intervention for UTHealth (DSRIP) (2019)
- Multidisciplinary approach to reduce injury and substance abuse (2015)
- Residency screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment: Southeastern Consortium (SECSAT) (2014)
- How does motivational interviewing work? Mechanisms of action in Project CHOICES (2011)
- Screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) (2010)
- Statewide motivational interviewing for Texas Department of State Health Services (2009)
- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT / InSight) (2009)
- Georgia-Texas Improving Brief Intervention Project (2008)
- Translating evidence-based behavioral interventions into community practice (2008)
- Smoking relapse prevention among postpartum women (2007)
- Transtheoretical Model Group Therapy For Cocaine (2007)
- CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy (0101)