Rachel Ortiz

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Rachel Ortiz

Rachel is an intern with the Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness, primarily assisting with the Veteran Spouse Network and various research projects. As a Bachelor of Social Work student and undergraduate research assistant at Texas State University, much…

Abby Blankenship

Abby Blankenship, PhD

Abby E. Blankenship, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Abby received her PhD in clinical psychology at Western Michigan University and completed her predoctoral internship…

Kirk Von Sternberg

Kirk Von Sternberg, Ph.D.

I have 30 years of experience in designing and implementing large clinical trials to test interventions based on the transtheoretical model and motivational interviewing (MI) with at-risk populations in special settings. I have been a principal investigator or Co-Investigator responsible…

Anil Arora

Anil Arora, LCSW

Anil Arora, LCSW, is a first-generation student at the University of Houston in his third year of doctoral studies in social work. Anil’s interests include supporting military/veteran individuals, military couples, and families.  He is a practicing licensed clinical social worker…

Karie Hare

Karie Hare, BS

Karie is an MPH student at UT Health – Austin Campus. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro with a BS in Public Health in 2018. Karie is a former Army medic who served…

Laurianne Rodriguez, MS

Laurianne Rodriguez serves as the Veteran Family Transition Program Coordinator. Laurianne is a veteran, having commissioned as a personnel officer and serving on active duty in the United States Air Force (USAF) at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.  While on…

Ashley Craig, M.Ed

Ashley Craig is a graduate of the University of Houston in Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in Learning, Design, and Technology. During her studies, she grew an insightful analysis of content and graphic design to create value-added learning programs that achieve…

Madison McGuire

Madison McGuire, BSA

Madison is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She will be pursuing her Master of Public Health through the University of Washington this fall with the intention of applying to medical…

Jose Joey Velasquez Jr

CPT Jose “Joey” E. Velasquez Jr., BCD, LCSW, MBA

Captain Jose “Joey” Velasquez Jr. is a United States Army Social Work Officer.  He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW) Certified Diplomate (BCD).  Joey has 14 years of active federal service…

JP Hare

MAJ Jean Paul “J.P.” Hare, PhD

Major Jean Paul “JP” Hare, LCSW, BCD, PhD, currently serves as Director of Training at the Evans Army Community Hospital in Ft. Carson, CO. He is a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and interventionist researcher. JP has 14 years of…

Greg Fonzo

Greg Fonzo, PhD

Greg Fonzo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program in 2005 with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He…

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Molly Platz, LMSW

Molly Platz, LMSW received her social work degree from UT Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Throughout her social work experience, Molly has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, sexual health and education, adult mental health…