He left Abilene when he was 18 years old to pursue his bachelor’s degree in psychology and English at The University of Texas Austin. He taught high school for eight years at Austin, TX public schools. He went onto a doctoral program in clinical psychology at Texas A&M University in  College Station. He completed a doctoral internship at The University of Washington School of Medicine at Seattle, WA.




He declined an internship at Yale University because he wanted to train in chronic pain management at the University of Washington. After he finished his internship at the University of Washington, he toook a faculty position and  researched  the effects of hypnosis on chronic pain at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He was a trailblazer in this research and hypnosis which has become common in the treatment of chronic pain. Hypnosis wasn’t a normal treatment for chronic pain management at that time. 




One professor warned him that hypnosis had no proven efficacy. He warned Dr. Velasquez that inaccurate information could cause more harm, but that mentor is now a strong proponent of hypnosis.  Although it was controversial at the time, this treatment has become commonplace for chronic pain management.  This experience demonstrates how Dr. Velasquez has an eye for the future.   


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