Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Vasquez, Melba J. T. (1951-)
The professional accomplishments of Melba J. T. Vasquez are innumerable. Clinical practice, leadership, advocacy, education, and research are among the areas in which she has excelled. Vasquez's work has positioned her not only as a pioneer within the field of psychology but also as a true example of determination and perseverance. Having grown up and later come of age around a climate of intense racial and political unrest, Vasquez encountered challenges that later became empowering experiences that influenced and continue to influence her work in many ways. Vasquez is the first of seven children born to her parents and grew up in San Marcos, a small town in central Texas. In her writings, she has described enjoying considerable attention from her parents and extended family members, feeling safe in her community even though it was socially segregated, and not realizing her family was poor until she reached the age of ...