Matthew L. Vasquez, Ph.D, LMSW

Assistant Professor

Matthew received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. His area of research focuses on children who experienced early/pre-verbal trauma as a result of abuse and neglect. Matthew's current goal is to build a body of literature that examines how children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) behave within the context of the family, along with exploring how these children manage social situations and regulate their emotions when responding to stress. He would also like to examine the efficacy of eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy when used to treat long-term and complex trauma in institutionalized children, along with the interaction between culture and the tenants of trauma informed care.


He has extensive experience in working with children with complex developmental trauma and attachment/disorders (RAD). He is trained in a variety of intervention approaches, such as play therapy techniques, CBT, mindfulness, trauma informed care, and EMDR. He is a strong proponent of addressing mental illness through a trauma-based perspective. He has worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Department of Veteran Affairs, a family therapist in several rural communities in Iowa, and most recently as a therapist in a youth residential treatment center.


Matthew enjoys fishing, boating, trying new food and dancing. He is the self-proclaimed best Latin dancer in southern Mississippi


Curriculum Vita: vasquez_cv_10-26-2015.pdf