College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Marcos Martinez is a full time instructor and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. Before coming to Arizona, Dr. Martinez was an associate research scientist 3 in the Prevention Research Center at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Prior to UNM, he was an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University and was also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA). Dr. Martinez is also a past fellow in the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Hispanic Science Network, Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on and published research funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and CDC.
The overall focus of Dr. Martinez's social work practice and research has focused on minority health disparities, specifically risk behavior prevention with Hispanic and American Indian youth and families. This research and fieldwork has concentrated on understanding the intersection and impact of socio-cultural, familial, school, peer, and developmental processes on youth risky behavior. Moreover, his work has focused on the cultural adaptation of substance use and risky sex prevention/interventions through community based participatory approaches. At UNM, he was the Principal Investigator for an evidence based, positive youth development teen pregnancy prevention program. Recently, Dr. Martinez was awarded a $400,000 grant from the New Mexico Department of Health to continue this important adolescent sex education work.
Over the past 8 years, Dr. Martinez has taught across the social work curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level. He loves teaching and enjoys working with students. In his personal time, he loves to spend time with his wife and puppies as well as play piano.