Sandra L. Martin, PhD

Associate Dean for Research Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Chair for Research Department of Maternal and Child Health
Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health

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Dr. Sandra L. Martin is the associate dean for research in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health.   

As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Martin captains the research enterprise at the School and is the point person for overcoming research challenges and celebrating successes.  She represents the Gillings School's research interests to entities within the School, the University and larger community.  Dr. Martin also facilitates endeavors to increase research funding and collaboration, and develops and implements research policy for the School as well as the University.

Dr. Martin’s research, teaching and public health service focuses on gender-based violence. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as book chapters and reports, on a wide range of violence related concerns including sexual violence, domestic violence and child maltreatment. Her research has been funded by multiple sources, including NIH, CDC, DOD, WHO and state agencies.

Representative Courses

MHCH 890 Gender-Based Violence | Syllabus

Teaching Interests

Dr. Martin teaches a course in gender-based violence.

Research Activities
Dr. Martin works closely with other researchers and practitioners all across North Carolina, examining issues related to gender-based violence, in particular, sexual assault and domestic violence. She is currently working with colleagues to develop and pilot test screening instruments that can be used by North Carolina domestic violence and sexual assault program providers to identify violence survivors' needs, offer needed services and evaluate service effectiveness.

Dr. Martin's research activities have historically focused on a wide range of violence related concerns, including: helping domestic violence and sexual assault providers identify needs among violence survivors; identifying the development of somatic problems among victims of sexual assault; developing and evaluating sexual assault prevention programs for the military; identifying the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses and learning more about the characteristics of these experiences.
Service Activities

Dr. Martin provides service to a wide range of university, state and national groups. She has served on multiple university task forces, including the recent task force which revised the UNC policy on sexual misconduct. She has served on many grant review panels both at the state and national level. She has also provided service to the profession by serving as an editor and peer-reviewer for multiple scientific journals.

Practice Activities

Dr. Martin is actively engaged in multiple practice-related activities at the state, national and international level. She works collaboratively with the North Carolina Coalitions Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and other state groups concerned with gender-based violence. She is currently helping the Association of American Universities to document sexual assault across multiple college campuses. She also has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop guidelines for health care system regarding the care of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

Key Publications

Assortativity coefficient-based estimation of population patterns of sexual mixing when cluster size is informative. Young SK, Lyles RH, Kupper LL, Keys JR, Martin SL, Costenbader EC (2014).

Sexual assault and women’s mental health, In: Violence Against Women and Mental Health. Martin SL, Parcesepe A (2013). C Garcia-Moreno, A Riecher-Rössler, 178.

What do domestic violence and sexual assault service providers need to know about survivors to deliver services? Macy R J, Martin SL, Nwabuzor I, Rizo CF (2013).


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988

MSc, Epidemiology / Biostatistics, McMaster University, 1984

BA Summa Cum Laude, Psychology / Anthropology, McMaster University, 1978