As the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity, I am committed to working with the research community through support and collaboration with our faculty, staff and students in meeting their research endeavors. I feel this is important as the research community has such a significant impact on New Mexico State University. My primary goal is to facilitate the development of competence in the principles, integrity, and compliance of relevant laws, regulations, and policies across all of the University’s sponsored activities.
Dr. Luis A. Vázquez is the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and a Regents Professor (Endowed Chair). He recently served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Institutional Review Board at New Mexico State University. Dr. Vázquez earned his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa, in 1990. Before coming to New Mexico in 1995, Dr. Vázquez was an assistant professor in Rehabilitation Psychology and Substance Abuse and a senior staff psychologist for the University Counseling Center at The University of Iowa.
Dr. Vázquez's greatest interest is the "empowering" focus of research on the ethnically/racially diverse populations in education. He has published in the areas of acculturation and educational development, along with developing multicultural training videos used across the country in counseling and psychology programs. Dr. Vázquez has presented in numerous national conferences and has been an invited speaker at National Conventions to address the issues of academic success and health disparities in minority populations. Dr. Vázquez has also been a visiting professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. He was recently elected president for the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minorities Division 45 of the American Psychological Association. He also serves as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the American Psychological Association, along with being the past-chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Among the awards Dr. Vázquez has received are the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for Visionary Leadership in Psychology, USDA Faculty Fellow in Washington D.C., as well as several “Excellence in Teaching Awards.” In addition, he has been a consultant to higher education institutions, federal and state agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in the areas of personnel development and policies of diversity.