Dr. Veronica Viesca is a Southern California native who joined Pepperdine University in 2018 after two years at Texas Woman's University, where she served as Assistant Professor and Program Director of their COAMFTE-accredited Family Therapy Program. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Approved Supervisor in California, Texas, and Washington and holds national approved supervisor designation from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Veronica's research explores Biopsychosocial-spiritual influences on health behaviors, Biobehavioral Family Model, relational distress, metabolic disorders and longevity/health span, Brain injury, emotional expression and relationship distress, couple therapy supervision, emotion-focused couple therapy (EFT), and Telehealth.
Veronica has been recognized for her work by the Loma Linda University Research Excellence Award, the Family Process Institute New Writers Fellowship, and the Texas Woman's University Research Enhancement Award. Contributions to professional organizations include being a member and chair of the AAMFT Elections Council and a member of the AAMFT Component Evaluation Committee. Other professional activities include being a Radical Roundtable contributor on the Radical Therapist Podcast, and practice development and business consultation with mental health professionals. Her clinical experience includes nearly ten years in community mental health, healthcare settings, and private practice. In her leisure time, Veronica enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, scuba diving, cooking, and traveling.