Charles Martinez Jr., Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. is a clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, Oregon and directs the OSLC Latino Research Team. He is the principal investigator on National Institutes of Health 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 with youngsters at risk of behavioral health problems. His general substantive interest’s 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. Dr. Martinez has served on the Oregon Governor’s Ethnic and Racial Task Force, the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, and is a publicly elected member of the Eugene, District 4J School Board. He currently serves as the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at the University of Oregon and teaches graduate courses in multiculturalism and diversity in his role as an Associate Professor in the College of Education. He has published many scientific papers related to basic and applied cross-cultural prevention research, minority health disparities, and Latino behavioral health. He is a nationally known consultant on organizational diversity issues, cross-cultural research, and community engagement. Dr. Martinez has received numerous national, state, and local awards for his work, including the ‘2003 Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award’ from the Society for Prevention Research.

Selected Publications

  • 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 social support. Family Relations, 55, 267-278.

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

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

  • Castro, F. G., Barrera, M., Jr., & Martinez, C. R., Jr. (2004). The cultural adaptation of prevention interventions: Resolving tensions between fidelity and fit. Prevention Science, 5, 41-45.

  • Martinez Jr., C. R., DeGarmo, D. S., & Eddy, J. M. (2004). Promoting academic success among Latino youth. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 26,2,128-151.

  • Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Forgatch, M. S. (2001). Preventing problems with boys’ noncompliance: Effects of a parent training intervention for divorcing mothers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 416-428.

  • DeGarmo, D. S., Forgatch, M. S., & Martinez, C. R. Jr., (1999). Parenting of divorced mothers as a link between social status and boys’ academic outcomes: Unpacking the effects of SES. Child Development, 70, 1231-1245.

Recent Publications

  • McClure, H. H., Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Eddy, J. M. (in press). Substance use among racial/ethnic minority youth: Prevalence, risk and protective factors, and culturally appropriate preventive interventions. In C. Koch & C. Reyes (Eds.), Diversity in human behavior. New York, NY: Worth Publishing.

  • Martinez, C. R., Jr., McClure, H. H., & Eddy, J. M. (2016). Latino youth substance use in states with emerging immigrant communities. In Y. F. Thomas, L. N. Price & A. V. Lybrand (Eds.), Drug use trajectories among minority youth.  New York, NY: Springer

  • McClure, H. H., Shortt, J. W., Eddy, J. M., Holmes, A., Uum, S. V., Russell, E., Koren, G., Sheeber, L., Davis, B., Snodgrass, J. J. , & Martinez Jr., C. R. (2015). Associations among mother-child contact, parenting stress, and mother and child adjustment related to incarceration. In J. Poehlmann-Tynan (Ed.), Children’s contact with incarcerated parents (pp. 59-82). New York, NY: Springer.

  • Eddy, J. M., Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Burraston, B. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of a parent management training program for incarcerated parents: Proximal impacts. In J. Poehlmann & J. M. Eddy (Eds.), Relationship processes and resilience in children with incarcerated parents. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 78(3), 75-93.