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SANDRA L. MARTIN, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Martin is a professional with more than 25 years of experience in the health care field. Notable past employment settings for Dr. Martin include serving as a Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), School of Public Health; Epidemiologist/Psychometrician in the Department of Psychiatry, Ontario Ministry of Health; and as a Research Associate with the Child Epidemiology Unit of Ontario. At her current capacity, Dr. Martin serves as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health, UNC-CH and as Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Maternal and Child Health Department.

Among her numerous research activities, Dr. Martin has extensively focused on issues related to substance abuse and child and maternal welfare. Much of her most current focus has been concerning U.S. Army soldiers and maltreatment and family violence, with particular emphasis on high-risk pregnancy factors. Dr. Martin has published more than 75 highly regarded scholarly articles with notable venues including the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Womenʼs Health, Psychiatric Services, and The Lancet. Dr. Martin has also published multiple book chapters on the topic of pregnant womenʼs psychological well-being and policy issues related to maternal and child health. She has also widely published her research in bulletins and newsletters including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Additionally, Dr. Martin has published various technical research reports for national agencies and institutes, including the US Department of Justice and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Martin has presented her research findings at more than 100 academic conferences including the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Psychiatric Association Meeting. She has also been the recipient of numerous research grants and contracts, including studies focusing on substance abuse and family and intimate-partner violence. These projects have been funded by notable institutions, including the National Institute of Justice and the United Nations Population Fund.

In addition to her vast research activities, Dr. Martin has served as a research advisor and faculty mentor on numerous graduate and doctoral committees throughout her distinguished career. She has taught coursework in research and evaluation methods in maternal and child health, as well as program evaluation and conceptual design and measurement strategies. Dr. Martin has also received numerous honors and awards throughout her career, including the Kenan Competitive Research and Scholarly Leave award and the Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Martin received her Doctor of Philosophy in epidemiology from UNC-CH. She further received her Master of Science in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, and Bachelor of Arts in psychology and anthropology from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.