Dr. Luis Zayas was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He attended college and graduate school in New York City. His social work career spans 35 years and includes expertise in the areas of clinical practice, supervision, administration and research. Dr. Zayas has held social work faculty appointments at Columbia, Fordham, and Washington University and has held a family medicine faculty appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, among other public and private funding sources. Dr. Zayas was appointed as Dean of the University of Texas’s School of Social Work in January 2012. Presently, Dr. Zayas is focusing his work on the plight of citizen-children with deported parents and is examining the effects of deportation on the psycho-social functioning of US-born children of undocumented Mexican immigrants.