Veola Vazquez, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Diversity Coordinator, PsyD Program

Office Phone: (951) 552-8627
E-mail: vvazquez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 125A
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Clinical Psychology Rosemead School of Psychology-Biola University 1998
M.A. Clinical Psychology Rosemead School of Psychology-Biola University 1995
B.A. Psychology-Spanish California Baptist College 1993
  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Psychology
    Psychology and Christian Thought
    Lifespan Development (undergraduate)
    Child Development
    Adolescent Development
    Psychological Testing/Tests & Measurements
    Practicum Supervision
    Theories of Counseling
    Human Growth and Development (MA and PsyD)
    Psychodiagnostics
    Advanced Psychopathology
    Treatment Concerns of Interethnic & Interfaith Families
    Cultural Diversity
    Personality Testing (PsyD)
    Psychiatric Diagnosis (PsyD)
    Research Team

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Interracial Relationships
    Parenting
    Child Abuse and Child Welfare
    Impact of racism on interracial marriages
    Race-related coping vs. religious coping
    Parenting mixed-race children
    Role of forgiveness in coping with racism
    Forgiveness processes among ethnic minorities
    Role of forgiveness and micro-aggressions
    Development of cultural humility in children
    Resilience of cultural minorities and wisdom
    Spiritual disciplines and resilience among cultural minorities
    Trauma and resilience
    Contemplative Prayer
    Spirituality and coping

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Biola University (1998-2003)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V. E., Garzon, F. L., Ford, K. M., Wang, K. T., Conner, K. W., Warren, S. E., & Weston, D. M. (2019, November 18). Christian Meditation for Repetitive Negative Thinking: A Multisite Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of a 4-Week Preventative Program. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/scp0000206

    Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V. E., & Pate, R. A. (2019). 'Set Your Minds on Things Above': Shifting from trauma-based ruminations to ruminating on God. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 22(4), 384-399.

    Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V. E., Wang, K.T., Bates, M.T. (2018). "Unknowing" in the 21st century: Humble detachment for Christians with repetitive negative thinking. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(3), 170-187.

    Knabb, J.J. & Vazquez, V. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of a 2-week internet-based contemplative prayer program for Christians with daily stress. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(1), 37-53.

    Vazquez, V. E., & Bergin, A. (2019). Effectiveness of a specialized inpatient treatment program for substance and alcohol abusing pregnant women. Journal of Drug Issues, 49(3), 436-449.

    Vazquez, V. E., & Jensen, G. R. (2020). Practicing the Jesus Prayer: Implications for psychological and spiritual well-being. Journal of Psychology and Christianity 39(1), pp. 65-74.

    Vazquez, V. E., Otero, I., & Goodlow, J. (2019). Relationship stigma and Black-White interracial marital satisfaction: The mediating role of religious/spiritual well-being. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 22(3), 305-318.

    MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

    Knabb, J. J., & Vazquez, V. E. (2019). The Christian contentment scale: An emic measure for assessing inner satisfaction within the Christian tradition. Manuscript submitted for publication.

    DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AND ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

    Vazquez, V.E. (1998). Adjustment and conflict patterns in Black-White interracial marriage: Effects of racism, spiritual well-being and acculturation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Vazquez, V.E. (1995). An exploratory study of Black-White marriages in the mid-1990’s. Unpublished research apprenticeship project, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

    Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V., Pate, R., Edison-Riley, D., Slick, A., Smith, R., Weber, S., Wang, K. (2020, March). Christian meditation for trauma-based rumination: A four-week program. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    Knabb, J. J. & Vazquez, V. (2019, October). Christian meditation for repetitive negative thinking:
    Theory, research, and applications. Paper presented at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, Nashville, TN.

    Vazquez, V. (2019, March). Racism, marital conflict, and Black-White interracial marriage: The role of religious/spiritual well-being. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Irving, TX.

    Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V., & Pate, R. (2019, March). “Set your mind on things above”: Shifting from trauma-based ruminations to ruminating on God. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Irving, TX.

    Vazquez, V. (2018, August). Racism and Black-White interracial marital satisfaction: Moderated mediation of marital conflict and religious/spiritual well-being. Poster session presented at the Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Hospitality Suite at the APA Convention, San Francisco, CA.

    NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS/MUTLIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS

    Vazquez, V. (2018, November 14). They're an adult: Time to act like one. Biola Center for Marriage and Relationships [Vlog post]. Retrieved from http://cmr.biola.edu/blog/2018/nov/14/theyre-adult-time-act-one/

    Vazquez, V. (2018, October 3). Help! My friendships are shallow! [Vlog post]. Biola Center for Marriage and Relationships. Retrieved from http://cmr.biola.edu/blog/author/veola-vasquez/

    Vazquez, V. (2018, September 24). APA Convention highlights: Summer 2018. Center for the Study of Human Behavior. [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://blogs.calbaptist.edu/cshb/2018/09/24/apa-convention-highlights-summer-2018/

    Vazquez, V. (2018, September 17). What do I do with my kid's crazy emotions? Part 2. Southland Christian Church. [Podcast]. Retrieved from http://sccparents.libsyn.com/s3-e2-my-kids-crazy-emotions-pt-2

    Vazquez, V. (2018, September 10). What do I do with my kid's crazy emotions? Part 1. Southland Christian Church [Podcast]. Retrieved from http://sccparents.libsyn.com/my-kids-crazy-emotions-part-1

    Vazquez, V. (2018, July 27). Five tips for dealing with unsupportive family and friends: The inspired home educator, a Biola Youth Academics blog [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://youth.biola.edu/blog/unsupportive-family-and-friends/

    Vazquez, V. (2018, June 12). Dating after divorced: What do I do? Biola Center for Marriage and Relationships [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://cmr.biola.edu/blog/2018/jun/12/dating-after-divorced-what-do-i-do/

    Vazquez, V. (2018, February 6). What to think about abuse in relationships: Biola Center for Marriage and Relationships [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://cmr.biola.edu/blog/2018/feb/06/what-think-about-abuse-relationships/

    Vazquez, V. (2018). The quarter question: A coin chronicles novel. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (2017). Convinced. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (2017). The penny predicament: Unity study. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (August, 2017). Engaged and Pregnant: Guest expert blog post. Biola University, Center for Marriage and Relationships, online blog.

    Vazquez, V. (December, 2017). Boundaries and blended families: Biola Center for Marriage and Relationships [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://cmr.biola.edu/blog/2017/dec/19/boundaries-and-blended-families/

    Vazquez, V. (2016). The penny predicament: A coin chronicles novel. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (2016). The nickel nuisance: Unity study. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (2015). The nickel nuisance: A coin chronicles novel. Double Letter Press, Riverside, CA.

    Vazquez, V. (2011, Spring). Stagnant or growth. Precious Times Magazine, Viewpoint.

    Vazquez, V. (2011, Fall/Winter). Uphill battles. Precious Times Magazine, Viewpoint.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Harvest Christian Fellowship

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Women's Retreat Speaker

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Hobbies: Writing fiction, sewing, camping

    Family: Married with two children

  • Personal Philosophy

    “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10