William Martinez, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave, #6B18
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    American Board of Professional PsychologyABPP2023Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CACertificate2019Implementation Science Program
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAFellow2018UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CAPostdoctoral Researcher2017School of Public Health
    DePaul University, Chicago, ILPh.D.2014Clinical-Child Psychology
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAAPA-Accredited Internship2014UCSF/ZSFG Multicultural Clinical Training Program
    City University of New York - John Jay College, New York, NYM.A.2004Forensic Psychology
    Drew University, Madison, NJB.A.2002Psychology and Sociology
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    California Health Care Foundation2022  - 2024CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Fellow
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2018  - 2020NIH Loan Repayment Program
    American Psychological Association - Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs2015  - 2015Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award
    National Research Council of the National Academies2013  - 2014Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
    American Psychological Association2010  - 2013Predoctoral Minority Fellowship Program

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    William Martinez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services clinic in the Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is a licensed psychologist (CA PSY28084) and American Board of Professional Psychology certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is currently the Director of Pediatric Mental Health for the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative and principal investigator of the Fuerte program, a school-based group prevention program targeting newcomer immigrant youth at risk of behavioral health concerns. He is also faculty in two American Psychological Association-accredited internship programs at UCSF/ZSFG - the Multicultural Clinical Training Program and the Clinical Psychology Training Program. His overall clinical and research aims are concentrated on reducing behavioral health disparities among ethnic minority youth, with a specific focus on Latinx and immigrant populations. Dr. Martinez takes a socio-ecological approach to understanding these concerns across three areas of inquiry: 1) the impact of social determinants on behavioral health disparities; 2) implementation and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention programming for traumatic stress; and 3) policy and advocacy focused on improving conditions for juveniles in immigration court proceedings.

    William Martínez, Ph.D. es Profesor Asociado de Psiquiatría y Ciencias Conductuales en la Universidad de California, San Francisco y Director de la Clínica de Servicios para Niños y Adolescentes en la División de Psiquiatría Infantil y Adolescente del Hospital General Zuckerberg San Francisco. Es un psicólogo licenciado (CA PSY28084) y tiene certificado en Psicología Clínica de Niños y Adolescentes por el American Board of Professional Psychology. Actualmente es Director de Salud Mental Pediátrica de la Iniciativa de Salud y Derechos Humanos de la UCSF. El es Investigador Principal de Fuerte, un programa de prevención en grupo basado en la escuela dirigido a jóvenes inmigrantes recién llegados en riesgo de problemas de salud conductual debido a factores de estrés relacionados con la inmigración y trauma psicológico. También es profesor en dos programas de entrenamiento acreditados por la Asociación Psicológica Americana en UCSF/ZSFG: el Programa de Formación Clínica Multicultural y el Programa de Capacitación en Psicología Clínica. Sus objetivos clínicos y de investigación se concentran en reducir las disparidades de salud conductual entre los jóvenes de minorías étnicas, con un enfoque específico en las poblaciones Latinas y de inmigrantes. El Dr. Martínez adopta un enfoque socioecológico para entender estas preocupaciones en tres áreas de investigación: 1) el impacto de los determinantes sociales en las disparidades de salud conductual; 2) la aplicación y difusión de la programación de prevención e intervención basada en la evidencia para el estrés traumático; y 3) política y promoción centrada en mejorar las condiciones de los menores en los procedimientos judiciales de inmigración.
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    Fuerte: A randomized control trial of a school-based secondary prevention program.
    California Mental Health Services Act Innovations Fund Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Integrating Spirituality and Religious Beliefs in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD with Latinx Unaccompanied Immigrant Children. J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2023 Sep; 16(3):481-494. Fortuna LR, Martinez W, Porche MV. PMID: 37593049; PMCID: PMC10427566.
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    2. Mental health and adaptation among newcomer immigrant youth in United States educational settings. Curr Opin Psychol. 2023 02; 49:101459. Patel SG, Bouche V, Thomas I, Martinez W. PMID: 36502587.
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    3. "We could see our real selves:" The COVID-19 syndemic and the transition to telehealth for a school-based prevention program for newcomer Latinx immigrant youth. J Community Psychol. 2023 Jul; 51(6):2372-2389. Martinez W, Patel SG, Contreras S, Baquero-Devis T, Bouche V, Birman D. PMID: 35191045; PMCID: PMC9088263.
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    4. Intolerance of Uncertainty and Health-Related Anxiety in Youth amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding and Weathering the Continuing Storm. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2022 09; 29(3):645-653. Korte C, Friedberg RD, Wilgenbusch T, Paternostro JK, Brown K, Kakolu A, Tiller-Ormord J, Baweja R, Cassar M, Barnowski A, Movahedi Y, Kohl K, Martinez W, Trafalis S, Leykin Y. PMID: 34478037; PMCID: PMC8414950.
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    5. "Se extraña todo:" Family separation and reunification experiences among unaccompanied adolescent migrants from Central America. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2021 Mar; 2021(176):227-244. Patel SG, Bouche V, Martinez W, Barajas K, Garcia A, Sztainer M, Hawkins K. PMID: 33834587.
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    6. In A. Breland-Noble (Ed.), Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations. Patient and community engagement for mental health disparities in Latinx youth immigrant populations: The Fuerte program. 2020; 189-221. Martinez, W., Matlow, R., Farahmand, F., Rocha, M. Romano, A., Romero, M., Cooch, P., Chhabra, D., San Miguel, R., Quintanilla, A.
    7. Treatment of Migrant Children on the US Southern Border Is Consistent With Torture. Pediatrics. 2021 01; 147(1). Oberg C, Kivlahan C, Mishori R, Martinez W, Gutierrez JR, Noor Z, Goldhagen J. PMID: 33109743.
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    8. Neighborhood Context, Family Cultural Values, and Latinx Youth Externalizing Problems. J Youth Adolesc. 2018 Nov; 47(11):2440-2452. Martinez W, Polo AJ. PMID: 30167983.
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    9. The relationship between maternal responsivity, socioeconomic status, and resting autonomic nervous system functioning in Mexican American children. Int J Psychophysiol. 2017 06; 116:45-52. Johnson M, Deardorff J, Davis EL, Martinez W, Eskenazi B, Alkon A. PMID: 28238817; PMCID: PMC5446802.
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    10. Barriers to Integrating Mental Health Services in Community-Based Primary Care Settings in Mexico City: A Qualitative Analysis. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 May 01; 68(5):497-502. Martinez W, Galván J, Saavedra N, Berenzon S. PMID: 27974004; PMCID: PMC5411288.
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    11. Symptom variation on the trauma symptom checklist for children: a within-scale meta-analytic review. J Trauma Stress. 2014 Dec; 27(6):655-63. Martinez W, Polo AJ, Zelic KJ. PMID: 25522729.
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    12. In P. Sturmey & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology: Volume 1 Child and Adolescent Disorders. Depressive disorders in children and adolescents. 2012; 521-544. Martinez, W., Zychinski, K., & Polo, A.J.
    13. Family orientation, language, and anxiety among low-income Latino youth. J Anxiety Disord. 2012 May; 26(4):517-25. Martinez W, Polo AJ, Carter JS. PMID: 22410091.
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    14. Social competence in children with chronic illness: a meta-analytic review. J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Sep; 36(8):878-90. Martinez W, Carter JS, Legato LJ. PMID: 21745809.
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