Alina Baltazar

Alina Baltazar

Alina Baltazar

Title: Associate Professor & MSW Program Director of Social Work. Prevention Education, I.P.A.

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, Associate 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

VanderWaal, C.J., Hopkins, G., Wynne, L., Baltazar, A., McBride D.C. Relationship Between Teacher Support and School Bullying Among Elementary and Middle School Girls. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October/November 2015.

Baltazar, A.M., McBride, D.C., Griffiths, K., & Ames, B. (2015, March).  Multisystem influence on alcohol use among Christian college students: A grounded theory approach.  Oral workshop at the 2015 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference, Berrien Springs, MI. March 13, 2015.

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. (2018, February).  Kids these days!  Lake Union Herald.

Baltazar, A.M. (2018).  Uplifting the Non-Custodial Parent. In Discipleship and Service, ed. Willie Oliver and Elaine Oliver: 55-63. Silver Spring, MD. Department of Family Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Baltazar, A.M. (2017).  Parents can help teens and young adults say “No” to drugs. In Growing Disciples, ed. Willie Oliver and Elaine Oliver: 61-67. Silver Spring, MD. Department of Family Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Baltazar, A.M. & Trecartin, S. (2017, January 3).  Depression, Aging, and the Faith Family: Our church can make a difference.  Adventist Review.

Baltazar, A.M., McBride, D.C., VanderWaal, C.J. and Conopio, K.. (2016). Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: What Adventist College Students Say about the Role of Parents and Religion.  In Healthy Families for Eternity, ed. Willie Oliver and Elaine Oliver: 68-72. Silver Spring, MD.  Department of Family Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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

Baltazar, A.M., Howell, M., and VanderWaal, C. (2016).  Faith-Based dual degree MSW Programs:  Strengthening two worlds.  Presentation at Council on Social Work Education Conference.  Atlanta, GA.  November 3-6, 2016.

Baltazar, A.M., Florveus, L*, and Raj, M. (2016).  Association between parental supervision and teen texting while driving.  Presentation at Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice.  Berrien Springs, MI.  July 22-23, 2016.

Baltazar, A.M. (2016).  Alcohol and sex: The role that faith internalization plays in Seventh-day Adventist College students.  Presentation at Adventist Human Subject Researchers Conference.  Huntsville, AL.  May 9-11, 2016.

Drumm R., Sedlacek, D., Baltazar, A.M., and McBride, D.C.  (2016)  "My Life has been just like a big expectation": Perceptions of Role Expectations among Adult Children of Seventh-day Adventist Pastors Presentation at 28th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 1-2, 2016.

Baltazar, A.M. (2016).  Family’s role in prevention.  Presentation at Emotional Wellness Summit.  Orlando, FL.  January 13-17, 2016. 

Baltazar, A.M., McBride, D.C., Hopkins, G., VanderWaal, C. (2016)  Building Resilience to Prevent Substance Abuse Workshop 3.  NAD Emotional Wellness Summit 2016.  Orlando, FL.  Jan 14 & 15, 2016.

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, A.M. & Drumm, R.D.  (2015, November).  Life in the fishbowl:  Impact of role pressure on the clergy family.  Poster presentation at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Grand Rapids, MI.  November 12-13, 2015.   

McBride, D.C., Hopkins, G.L., Baltazar, A.M., VanderWaal, C.J.  Acceptance of health emphasis in doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and alcohol abuse/use in a population of young adult church members. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October/November 2015.

Drumm, R., Sedlacek, D., McBride, D., Hopkins, G. & Baltazar, A. Clergy Families at Risk: How Pastoral Families Demonstrate Stress and Coping. 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, October, 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii.

Baltazar, A.M. & Drumm, R.D. (2015, July).  I’m an inferior specimen of a PK: Examining the aftermath of pressure put on pastor’s children.  Oral workshop at the Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice, Berrien Springs, MI.  July 16-18, 2015.

Sedlacek, D.A., Drumm, R.D., Baltazar, A., & Oliver, E. (2015, March).  Spiritual challenges in pastoral families: Qualitative results. Oral workshop at the 2015 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Conference, Berrien Springs, MI. March 13, 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.