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University of Oregon
College of Education
102B Lokey Education Building
5267 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5267
United States of America

Office (541) 346-2161
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Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2002


Charles R. Martínez, Jr., Ph.D.

Charles R. Martínez, Jr., Ph.D.


B.A. Pitzer College
M.A. California School of Professional Psychology
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology

Research Interest

Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. is a clinical psychologist, 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.

Recent Publications

Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Eddy, J. M. (2005). Effects of culturally adapted parentmanagement training on Latino youth behavioral health outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(4), 841-851.

Schiffman, T., Eddy, J. M., Martinez, C. R.,Jr., Leve, L., & Newton, R. (2006). Parenting Inside Out: Parent Management Training for Incarcerated Parents in Prison. Portland, OR: Oregon Social Learning Center and Children’s Justice Alliance.

Martinez, C. R., Jr. (2006). Effects of differential family acculturation on Latino youngsters’ substance use. Family Relations, 55, 306-317.

DeGarmo, D. S., & Martinez, C. R., Jr. (2006). A culturally informed model of academic well-being for Latino youth: The importance of discriminatory experiences and H., Martinez, C. R., Jr., Felix-Ortiz, M., Rios, R., Lopez, V. A., & Lopez, C. (2006). Substance abuse prevention intervention research with Hispanic populations. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84(S1), S29-S42.