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Ph.D. Candidate
Arizona State University
College of Public Programs, School of Social Work
411 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States of America

Office (505) 603-4175

Research Keywords
  • minority health disparities; youth substance use and risky sex behavior; adolescent risky behavior prevention
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Graduate Students

Member Since: 2012


Marcos Martinez, MSW

Marcos Martinez, MSW


B.S.W., Dana College, Blair, Nebraska
M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico


Research Statement


Marcos’ line of research focuses on minority health disparities. Under that broad umbrella, he is interested in the etiology and prevention of health risk behavior among Latino, American Indian, and Latin American youth. Marcos’ specific areas of research include: the intersection and impact of socio-cultural, familial, and developmental processes on youth drug use and sexual risk behavior; cultural adaptation of substance use prevention/interventions; the role of cultural factors and gender on youth and family ecodevelopment; and the influence of acculturation on drug use behavior. Using data sets from a variety studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has allowed Marcos to develop an important line of minority health research that has included testing a culturally adapted substance use prevention (Living in Two Worlds) as well as examining the role peer, parent, and grandparent norms have on American Indian adolescent drug use; testing the effects of a brief intervention on HIV risk and substance use among Latino adolescents; and the role that culture, gender, and acculturation (i.e. biculturalism) have on Latino youths’ familial, school, peer, and drug use contexts. For his dissertation, Marcos is utilizing data from the Familias Preperando a la Nueva Generación (Families Preparing the New Generation) study, which is a culturally adapted substance use prevention for Latino youth and their parents; he is specifically examining whether parental involvement mediates the effects of familismo on Hispanic youth drug use and if the relationship between familismo and substance use differs as a function of acculturation among a sample in the Southwest.

About Me

Before entering the Social Work doctoral program at Arizona State University, Marcos’ research experience included administering an evidence based teen pregnancy prevention (i.e. Wise Guys) to 7th grade males through the New Mexico Department of Health as well as working with a community based interdisciplinary collaborative, called Total Community Approach (TCA), in establishing critical linkages between the criminal justice system, judiciary, treatment, and prevention providers for individuals who received a DWI or other serious drug charge in northern New Mexico. Together with the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry and Optum Health, one of the states largest behavioral health providers, TCA was able to improve access to drug abuse services for individuals facing alcohol and/or drug charges. Marcos’ previous experience with TCA motivated and encouraged him to pursue his Ph.D. at ASU to receive specific training in both substance use etiology and prevention methodology as well as community based participatory approaches to substance use prevention with Latino and American Indian youth. While at ASU, Marcos has worked as a Graduate Research Associate at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and also held a Health Disparities Internship their. Additionally, he is a NIDA and National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN), Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse Fellow. As a SIRC intern and NIDA fellow, Marcos has received further mentorship and training in Latino drug use etiology, prevention methodology, and advanced statistical modeling of adolescent risk ecology. Recently, Marcos’ research was recognized by NHSN as he was selected to present on the New Investigators in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research panel at the 2014 NHSN International Conference. Upon graduation, he plans to build his line of minority health disparities research in a university setting.

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