Faculty and Staff

Alma R. Armendáriz

Alma R. Armendáriz

Clinical Instructor
MSW New Mexico State University • BSW University of Texas at El Paso • Practice experience: Child welfare • Research Interests: Foster care system and youth aging out of foster care • Bilingual – English and Spanish
(915) 747-6595

Dr. Candyce S. Berger

Dr. Candyce S. Berger

Chair & Professor
Ph.D. University of Southern California • MSW George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University • BA Washington University • Practice Experience: Social work in health care, hospital administration • Research Interests: Health policy, social work practice in health care, and women’s health.
(915) 747-5737
Curriculum Vitae

Marina C. Gallardo

Marina C. Gallardo

Clinical Instructor
MSSW, University of Texas-Austin • BS, New Mexico State University • LMSW State of Texas • Practice Experience: Child welfare • Research Interests: Military families, Foster care.
(915) 747-7292

Dr. Hyejin Jung

Dr. Hyejin Jung

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin • MSW University of Alabama • BA Pukyong National University • Practice experience: Mental health care in hospital settings • Research interests: Community-based practice; disparities in mental health care; mental health literacy and education; measurement and survey development • Bilingual: English and Korean
(915)747-5453

Dr. Mark Lusk

Dr. Mark Lusk

Professor
Ed.D. and MSW The University of Kentucky • BA New Mexico State University • LMSW – State of Texas • LCDC – State of Texas • Academy of Certified Social Workers (NASW) • Practice and research experience in medical social work, drug counseling and international social work • Fulbright Fellowships: Catholic University of Peru & Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro • Trilingual – English, Spanish and Portuguese
(915) 747-8588

Virginia Martinez

Virginia Martinez

Coordinator, Child Welfare Training Program
MSSW – University of Texas at Austin • BSW – The University of Texas at El Paso • LCSW – State of Texas • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor – State of Texas • C-ASWCM – National Association of Social Workers • Practice Experience: Management & program development in social work health care. Research Interests: Health and mental health • Bilingual: Spanish and English
(915) 747-8317

Dr. Eva M. Moya

Dr. Eva M. Moya

Associate Professor, Associate Dean
Ph.D. University of Texas at El Paso • MSSW University of Texas at Austin • BA University of Texas at El Paso • LMSW – State of Texas • Fellowship – Kellogg National Fellows Leadership Program • Practice Experience: Border health, community organization, bi-national social work and public policy • Research Interests: Border health, Photovoice method • Bilingual – Spanish and English
(915) 747-8493

Cristina Ochoa

Cristina Ochoa

Administrative Assistant
AA, Sawyer Business College, Van Nuys, California • Bilingual – English and Spanish.
(915) 747-5095

Dr. Yok Fong Paat

Dr. Yok Fong Paat

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma • MSW University of Oklahoma • BSW Western Michigan University • LCSW State of Texas • Practice experience: Child welfare, social services, and clinical counseling • Research interests: Children’s well-being, mental health, community health, family violence, education, migration and immigration • Tri-Lingual: English, Chinese, and Malay .
(915) 747-5789

Dr. Kathryn Schmidt

Dr. Kathryn Schmidt

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. and M.S. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill • MSW New Mexico State University • BS – Indiana University. Research Interests: LGBTQI people’s access to social services, Sexual attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of college students, Evaluating effective interventions for family and sexual violence • Practice Experience: Hospice and Family Violence.
(915)747-8397

Affiliate Faculty

Arturo Acosta

Arturo Acosta

Lecturer
MSW New Mexico State University • BSW University of Texas at El Paso • Associate of Arts – El Paso Community College • LCSW – State of Texas • LCDC – State of Texas • Practice Experience: Substance abuse • Bilingual – Spanish and English.
(915) 747-5095

Dr. Silvia Chavez Baray

Dr. Silvia Chavez Baray

Lecturer
Ph.D. Psychology, Instituto Humanista de Sinaloa, Mexico • Master of Science in Child Psychology, Instituto Humanista de Sinaloa • Licenciada – Psychology, Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Monterrey• Experience: Child welfare, Clinical counseling, Guardianship, Foster care & adoption • Research Interests: Health care and migration • Bilingual – Spanish and English

Kathryn Revtyak

Kathryn Revtyak

Lecturer
AM University of Chicago • BA Indiana University • LCSW – State of Texas • Practice Experience: Family Support and Family Therapy, Trauma, Mental Health, Immigration, Spirituality, Community Activism • Bilingual: Spanish and English.

Irene 'Arlette' Werthmann

Irene 'Arlette' Werthmann

Clinical Instructor
MSSW, University of Texas-Arlington • BA, Majors: Psychology/Sociology, Austin College, Sherman, TX • LCSW State of Texas • Work Experience: Child Protective Services in rural settings, Social Work in courtroom settings, Behavioral Health in rural areas
(915) 747-8352

Hector Zamora

Hector Zamora

Lecturer
MSSW University of Texas at Austin • BS University of Texas at El Paso • LMSW – State of Texas • Practice Experience: Community corrections, Juvenile probation, Sex offender treatment • Bi-lingual – Spanish and English.