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Velia Leybas Nuno PhD, MSW

Velia Leybas  Nuno PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor & Program Director, Family and Child Health

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Ave.
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-3525
vleybas@email.arizona.edu

Biography

Trained as an epidemiologist and social worker, Dr. Nuño combines the two disciplines to maximize her research and practice. She has more than two decades of experience in program design, implementation and evaluation in school and community settings, and six years of experience conducting research.

Dr. Nuño is the Director of the Family and Child Health Program where she manages the Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and the Master of Public Health in Global Health degrees along with the Doctor of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health. She teaches two graduate courses: Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Health. Dr. Nuño works closely with students at various levels as evidenced by advising and mentoring more than 50 students from disciplines including public health, social work, nursing, medicine and psychology.

Engaging populations typically underrepresented is an important focus of Dr. Nuño’s community service, teaching, and research. More specifically, for 11 years, Dr. Nuño co-founded and led an annual conference for Latina mothers and daughters, which promoted education, health and culture. Additionally, she led or contributed to diversity efforts by serving as a presenter or co-presenter on more than 25 international, national, state, and local presentations on topics such as adolescent and maternal health, Latino\a health, culturally appropriate interventions, families, and spirituality.

Previously employed in community-based organizations, Dr. Nuño focused on decreasing risk behaviors while promoting health and wellness related to mental health, sexual health and relationships, and substance use and misuse among various populations including adolescents, women/girls, racial/ethnic communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.

Dr. Nuño received awards, honors, and leadership opportunities for her teaching and research. She values scholarship and scientific discovery through participatory processes.

Education:

PhD 2012 Epidemiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    Minor: Biostatistics
     
MS 2006 Epidemiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
     
MSW 1998 Community Practice, Program Planning and Administration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
     
BA 1992 Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Publications:

Hopkins AL, Moore-Monroy M, Wilkinson-Lee A M, Nuño VL, Armenta AM, Lopez E, Vanzzini S, & Garcia F. (2016). It’s Complicated: Negotiating between Traditional Research and CBPR in a Translational Study. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 2016; 10(3): 425-433.

Nuño VL, Gonzalez M, Loredo SM, Nigon BM, & Garcia F. A cross-sectional study of HPV vaccine utilization among university women: the role of ethnicity, race, and risk factors. Journal of the Lower Genital Tract, 2016; 20(2): 131-4.

Harrington KF, Haven KM, Nuño VL, Magruder T, Bailey WC, & Gerald LB. Parent report and electronic medical record agreement on asthma education provided and children’s tobacco smoke exposure. Journal of Asthma, 2013; 50(9): 968-974.

Addis I, Nuño VL, & Mohler J. Teaching Geriatrics to Gynecology Residents: Are ACOG Learning Objectives Being Met? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2012; 60(9): 1789-1790.

Nuño VL, Zhang Q, Harris RB, Wilkinson-Lee AM, & Wilhelm MS. Smoking Susceptibility among Students Followed from Grade Six to Eight. Addictive Behaviors, 2011; 36(12): 1261-1266.

Wilkinson-Lee AM, Zhang Q, Nuño VL, & Wilhelm MS. Adolescent Emotional Distress: The Role of Family Obligations and School Connectedness. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 2011; 40(2): 221-330

Leybas V. (2008) Manifesting the Strengths of Rural Latina Girls. In C.W. LeCroy and J.E. Mann (Eds.), Handbook of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Adolescent Girls (pp.187-200). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Stevens S, Leybas V, Bourdeau B, McMichael L, & Nyitray A. Blending Prevention Models to Create an Innovative and Effective Substance Use and HIV Prevention Program for Minority Youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 23 (2006): 4-23.

Leybas V, Nuño T, & Garcia F. Effect of Acculturation and Income on Hispanic Women’s Health. Journal for the Health Care of the Poor and Underserved,16 (2005):128-141.

LeCroy CW, Daley J, & Leybas V. (1999) Girls Together: A Social Skills Training Program for Early Adolescent Girls. Case Studies in Social Work Practice (pp. 183-192). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.

Research Synopsis

Prevention and intervention implementation science and behavior change processes are core to Dr. Nuño’s research. With $2,492,828 in funding provided by private and public sponsors, Dr. Nuño has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on nine projects that resulted in eight journal publications in journals with impact factors ranging from 0.58 to 4.39.

Formerly the Assistant Director within the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Dr. Nuño studied health related issues for women and girls within the context of culture (e.g., HPV vaccine acceptance, Community Health Worker interventions) and acculturation.

Most recently, Dr. Nuño is conducting a randomized control trial to determine the efficacy of the Nurtured Heart Approach® to parenting developed to improve attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children ages six to eight years. Study findings will contribute to the understanding of behavioral treatments to address children with special health care needs.

The University of Arizona