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Contact Info

Office Location: 
102B Lokey Education Building Eugene, OR 97403-5267
Phone: 
Office: (541) 346-2161 Other: (541) 485-2711
Faculty
Department Head and Associate Professor
Education: 
B.A., Pitzer College, Claremont, 1991
M.A., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, 1993
Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, 1997
Research and Outreach Unit(s): 

Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. is a clinical psychologist, associate professor, and department head in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, where he also directs the Center for Equity Promotion. He served as the University of Oregon Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity from 2005 to 2011, and also served as a senior scientist at the non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center where he founded and directed the center’s Latino Research Team beginning in 1999. He has served as a publicly elected member of the Eugene, District 4J School Board and is currently serving as a Governor appointed member of the Oregon State Board of Education representing Oregon's 4th congressional district.

His substantive interests center on identifying factors that promote healthy adjustment for families and children following stressful life events, (e.g. changes in family structure, socioeconomic status, physical and/or emotional health, acculturation, and immigration status), taking into consideration the cultural contexts in which families operate. He has led numerous NIH and internationally funded research projects designed to examine risk and protective factors involved in linking acculturation to behavioral health outcomes for Latino families and to develop and test culturally specific interventions for Latino families at risk of behavioral health problems in the U.S. and in Latin America. His main areas of published work include substantive and methodological topics related to cultural issues in prevention science, Latino educational and behavioral health disparities, links between acculturation and discrimination on substance use and academic failure prevention, culturally specific parenting interventions, the role of biosocial stress markers on family outcomes, and family process. He is a nationally known consultant on organizational diversity issues, cross-cultural research, and community engagement.  He teaches courses in equity, multicultural education, leading for diversity, prevention science, and Latino family health and education. Dr. Martinez has received numerous national, state, and local awards for his work, including the ‘Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award’ from the Society for Prevention Research.

Publications: 

Dr. Martinez' main areas of published work include substantive and methodological topics related to cultural issues in prevention science, Latino educational and behavioral health disparities, links between acculturation and discrimination on substance use and academic failure prevention for Latino youth, culturally specific parenting interventions, the role of biosocial stress markers on family outcomes, and family process.