Alina Baltazar

Alina Baltazar

Title: Assistant Professor & MSW Program Director of Social Work. Prevention Education, I.P.A.
PhD, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, CFLE, PhD Candidate

Office Location: 014 Nethery Hall
Phone: (269) 471-6877


BA, Psychology, Andrews University

MSW, University of Michigan

Ph.D, Human Development & Family Studies, Michigan State University


Alina Baltazar, PhD, MSW, ACSW, LMSW, CFLE, Assistant Professor and Director of the MSW program in the  Social Work Department and Director of the Center for Prevention Education at the Institute for the Prevention of Addiction at Andrews University, and psychotherapist at Psychiatric and Psychological Specialties, St. Joseph, MI.  Ms. Baltazar received her BA in psychology from Andrews University, Master of Social Work from University of Michigan, and Ph.D in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University.  In the area of academics, Ms. Baltazar, has worked as an adjunct faculty in social work, behavioral sciences, and family studies, and as a research scientist.   Her research areas are in religiosity and parental influence on health risk behaviors, domestic violence, and mental health.  She has published textbook chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, magazine articles, and presented at church and national conferences as well as given presentations in the community on these topics.  Ms. Baltazar has been a social worker for over 17 years.  As a social work clinician, Ms. Baltazar has worked in the areas of medical social work, out-reach counseling, psychiatric social work, domestic violence program administrator, and psychotherapy.  

Current Research or Professional Activities

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Presentations & Posters with Students

Baltazar, A., VanderWaal, C.J. & Conopio, K.D.* (2013, November).  Adventist College Student Perceptions of Health Risk Behaviors.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Human Subjects Research Conference, Summit on Nurture and Retention, Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, MD.

McBride, D.C., Hopkins, G.I., Baltazar, A.M, VanderWaal, C.J., Conopio, K.D.* (2013, November).  Family Dinners and Substance Use and Sexual Activity in a Prohibitionist University Population.  Poster presented at the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.

Peer Review Publications

Baltazar, A.m. (2013, November).  Perceptions of Health Behaviors by Seventh-day Adventist Undergraduate Students.  Paper presented at Summit on Nurture and Retention, Discipling, retaining and Reclaiming, General Conference Headquarters, Silver Springs, MD.

Peer Review Publications with Students

Baltazar, A.M., Conopio, K.D.*, Moreno, J.* (2013).  Protecting youth from health risk behaviors.  The Journal of Adventist Education.  76(2), 11-16.

Peer Presentations & Posters by Faculty

Drum, Rene, Baltazar, Alina, & Sedlacek, David.  "I am an Inferior PK:  Effects of Congregants' Expectations of Pastor Kids." Lecture.  NACSW, Grand Rapids. November 13, 2015.

Baltazar, Alina.  Life in the Fishbowl:  Impact of Role Pressure on the Clergy Family.  NACSW, Grand Rapids.  Poster session.  November 12, 2015.

Baltazar, A., VanderWaal, C., McBride, D., Hopkins (2014, July).  Best of What We Know About the Prevention of Addictions:  Application and Prevention in Your Area of the World.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle, Geneva, Switzerland.

Hopkins, G.I., Baltazar, A.M., McBride, D.C. (2013).  The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The Journal of Adventist Education, 76(2), 48-51.