Megan Finno-Velasquez Assistant Professor MSW, New Mexico Highlands University Professional Interests
PhD, University of Southern California
Megan Finno-Velasquez, PhD, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University’s School of Social Work. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Southern California (USC) in 2015. As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Finno-Velasquez received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being for her research on the service needs of immigrant families with child welfare contact. She was also a recipient of an ACF Children’s Bureau University-based fellowship that explored the dynamics in immigrant neighborhoods with unusual rates of child maltreatment. From 2006-2010, Dr. Finno-Velasquez she was a child welfare administrator at the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, where she spearheaded policy and programmatic initiatives to improve practice with immigrant families. Dr. Finno-Velasquez received her M.S.W. from New Mexico Highlands University in 2007 and a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2002. She has numerous publications examining the characteristics and experiences of immigrants involved with the child welfare system. Her research interests include the impact of immigration policy on child welfare, maltreatment prevention in Latino immigrant communities, and cultural competence in child welfare services. Dr. Finno-Velasquez is a founding member of the CICW, formerly the Migration and Child Welfare National Network.
MSW, New Mexico Highlands University