Contact Information

Research Associate
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Sciences
700 N Greenwood Ave, Main Hall 2403
Tulsa, OK 74106
United States of America

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Early Career Research Scientist

Member Since: 2011


Martha Zapata Roblyer, Ph.D.



Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.A., The University of Oklahoma,
B.S.,  Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia


About Me

I was a mental health practitioner and manager of programs aimed at immigrants before I became an academic researcher. My experiences working with predominantly Latino immigrants have shaped my program of research and the questions I seek to answer. My research projects have examined contextual factors contributing to the development and health of children of immigrants in the United States (FARO Project, PI, M. Z. Roblyer) and emergent adults in Colombia (Proyecto Juventud, PI, M. Z. Roblyer; Co-PI, S. Betancourth). I am particularly interested in understanding the consequences of undocumented status for adolescent development and adult health. My dissertation, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, examined the association between parents’ undocumented status and adolescents’ substance use. In Colombia, I have been studying the association between crime victimization and suicidal ideation, psychosocial factors associated with marijuana use, and predictors of self-efficacy to enact safe sexual practices.


Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Grzywacz, J. G., Suerken, C. K., Trejo, G., Ip, E., Arcury, T. A., & Quandt, S. A. (Accepted). Interpersonal and structural stressors associated with depressive symptoms among Latinas in farmworker families living in North Carolina. Women & Health.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I, Bámaca-Colbert, M., Rojas, S. M.*, & Cervantes, R. C. “Our child is not like us:” Understanding parent-child conflict among U.S. Latino families. (Accepted). Family Science Review – Special Issue on Immigrant Families over the Life Course.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., & Grzywacz, J. G. (In press). “We thought we had a future:” Adversity and resilience in mixed-status families.  In A. Schueths & J. Lawston (Eds.), Living together, living apart: Mixed status families and U.S. immigration policy (pp. 70-84). Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Grzywacz, J. G., Cervantes, R. C., & Merten, M. J.  (2015). Stress and alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among Latino adolescents in families with undocumented immigrants. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Online first. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0249-9

Zapata Roblyer, M . I., Betancourth, S., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2015). Risk and protective factors for lifetime marijuana use among Colombian emergent adults attending college. ISSBD Bulletin – Special Issue on Illicit Substance Use in Adolescence and Adulthood, 39(3), 5-9. Retrieved from

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2015). Demographic and parenting correlates of adolescent sleep functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Online first. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0135-5

Grzywacz, J. G., Suerken, C. K., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., .Trejo, G., Arcury, T. A., Ip, E., Lang, W., & Quandt, S. A. (2014). Physical activity of preschool-aged Latino children in farmworker families.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 35, 717-725. doi:10.5993/AJHB.38.5.9

Cox, R. B., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Merten, M. J., Shreffler, K. M., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2013). Do parent-child acculturation gaps affect early adolescent Latino alcohol use? A study of the probability and extent of use. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 8(1). Retrieved from


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