The University of Pikeville welcomes Alison Velasquez to the Social Science Division. This semester, Valesquez teaches General Psychology and Lifespan; next semester, she will be teaching General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.
Velasquez obtained her bachelor’s degree at UK before moving on to acquire her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Morehead University.
The new addition to the UPIKE family also works at a private practice in Williamson, W.Va., with people of all ages and issues. Prior to teaching at UPIKE, Velasquez taught at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
“I’m a native Pikevillian. I graduated from Pikeville High School in 1987. My roots are in Eastern Kentucky. I love teaching here at UPIKE,” Vasquez, said.
Aside from her credentials, Velasquez is a proud mother of two children, Ariana and Brennan. Ariana is 18 years old and is a senior at Pikeville High School. She is also a sophomore at Big Sandy, thanks to the early college program. Velasquez’s son, Brennan, is 14 years old and has Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“My kids are my heart,” Velasquez said.
When she is not working, Velasquez enjoys many hobbies and lives her life to the fullest with her kids.
“I love to travel- especially to New York, to watch Broadway shows, and Walt Disney World, my favorite place on earth- going to concerts, reading, watching television and movies, and spending my time with family and friends,” Velasquez said.