Healing the Academy was conceptualized in 2019 by Dr. Evelyn Vázquez as a platform to promote structural changes in higher education through primary data collection and transformative approaches.
The long term goal of Healing the Academy is to mitigate social injustice, health disparities, and psychological trauma among historically marginalized and excluded communities.
Dr. Vázquez was born in Guerrero, México. She is the firstborn daughter of a teenage single mother and is the first in her family to attend college.
Dr. Vázquez is a community psychologist. Her scholarship focuses on interrogating structural and social factors that harm the health and quality of life of historically marginalized communities., including racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minority populations, low-income, immigrants, people with disabilities, and first-generation college students.
Her methodological expertise is in qualitative research (including rapid qualitative data analysis), action-research, mixed-methods research designs, and transformative research (e.g., action-research and community-based participatory research).
Dr. Vázquez has published in diverse journals, including the Journal of American College Health; Health Promotion Practice; BMC Public Health; Health Education & Behavior; International Journal for Academic Development; Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry; and Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
Dr. Vázquez is the 2023 receipt of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from the Association of Recovery in Higher Education and is a selected scholar in the 2023 UCLA LIFT-UP (Levering Institutional support For Talent, Underrepresented Physicians and/or Scientists) program funded by NIH/NIDDK.