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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

Ms. Nuño is the Assistant Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health where she is the point of contact in the absence of the Director, Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH.  She is also a Clinical Lecturer in the College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she collaborates with faculty and student physicians to provide technical assistance in research methodology and data analysis.  Ms. Nuño has 12 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for adolescents in the areas of HIV, substance use and life skills.  She has a long history of partnering with schools and communities.  She co-founded the Adelante, Nuestro Futuro conference that ran from 1999-2010.  The culturally-tailored single day event promoted health and education to middle school Mexican origin girls and their mothers/female guardians. 

Education:

BA                           Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, May 1992

MSW                       Social work, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, August 1998

MS                           Epidemiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, May 2006

PhD Candidate         Epidemiology (major) Biostatistics (minor), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Publications:

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. Manifesting the Strengths of Rural Latina Girls in C.W. LeCroy & J.E. Mann (Eds.), Handbook of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Adolescent Girls. Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2007.

Leybas V, Bourdeau B, McMichael L, Nyitray A., & Stevens, S. Blending Prevention Models to Create an Innovative and Effective Substance Use and HIV Prevention

Program for Minority Youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 2006 Feb; 23: 4-23.

Leybas V, Nuño T, and Garcia F.  Effect of Acculturation and Income on Hispanic Women's Health. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2005; 16(4Suppl A): 128-41.

LeCroy CW, Daley J, & Leybas V. Girls Together: A Social Skills Training Program for Early Adolescent Girls.  Case Studies in Social Work Practice, second edition: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company 1999.

Research interests:

Adolescent girls’ health and development, women’s health.

Research Synopsis

Ms. Nuño has 12 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for adolescents in the areas of HIV, substance use and life skills. Her research interests are Adolescent girls’ health and development and Women’s health.

The University of Arizona