PhD, Social Work, University of Southern California
Cohort Two Fellow
Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California
Vice President of Child and Immigrant Policy, First Focus
Current Institutional Affiliation
New Mexico State University: Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Economic Supports for Families, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Implementation Science, Regression Modeling, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Dual Language Learners, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups
Dr. Finno-Velasquez received her PhD in Social Work from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, Dr. Finno-Velasquez is an associate professor at New Mexico State University and is the Director of The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. This organization is a national peer membership organization that fosters cross-sector collaboration by linking and supporting professionals across the child welfare, immigration and legal fields. The center has focused on building capacity of the U.S. child welfare system to respond to the unique needs of immigrant families and children through research, resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and national leadership by sponsoring cross-sector conferences, workgroups and advocacy initiatives.
Dr. Finno-Velasquez's research interests include children and families, child welfare and immigration policy, maltreatment prevention in Latino immigrant communities, cultural competence in child welfare services. She received her MSW from Highlands University in Las Vegas, NV and her Bachelors of Sciences in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.