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Christian Vazquez

M.S.W, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

PRC Graduate Research Trainee


Child and family well-being; health disparities; childhood obesity, physical activity, and nutrition


Christian Vazquez is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He has a background in the areas of Child and Family Well-Being and Health. He earned his MSW from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UC-Santa Barbara. Christian received a Graduate School Mentoring Fellowship and currently works with Dr. Yolanda Padilla.

Christian has experience working as a social worker protecting children and the elderly from abuse and neglect. He also worked in health systems to improve employee and patient satisfaction through developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for staff, physicians, and patients. Christian’s interest in child well-being and health disparities led him to conduct research on the behavioral health workforce; hospital organizational culture, readmissions and mortality outcomes; and children and adolescents in the child welfare system.

Christian’s current research focuses on addressing childhood obesity, physical activity, and nutrition for Latino and African-American children and youth living in poverty. Throughout his research Christian has developed a passion for working with multidisciplinary teams as he enjoys bringing the social work perspective to issues of health disparities and interventions that address problems in this area. One of Christian’s goals is to increase the awareness of the value of social workers in multidisciplinary health care teams. With this goal in mind Christian’s research aims to provide a guide for organizational development within hospitals and other human service organizations. Christian is involved with an array of on campus groups, such as the Population Research Center, Hispanic Leadership Initiative, and the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association.

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