Sandra L Martin, PhD


Maternal and Child Health

Associate Dean for Research 
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Curriculum Vitae 
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile


422-D Rosenau Hall 
135 Dauer Drive 
Campus Box 7445 
Chapel Hill 27599-7445 
T: 919-966-5973 
F: 919-966-0458


1978  McMaster University, Ontario  BA, Psychology & Anthropology

1984  McMaster University, Ontario  MSc, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

1988  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  PhD, Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Injury prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s health

 Research Activities

Dr. Martin’s research, teaching, and public health service focus on the health of women and children, with particular attention paid to the role that violence plays in their lives. Much of her research has examined violence during pregnancy and the postpartum period, with investigations concerning the prevalence of such violence, risky health behaviors (such as substance use) associated with this violence, and screening for violence within health care settings. In addition, she has conducted studies focusing on topics such as adolescent dating violence, sexual assault, and violence in military families. She has also played key roles in examining the impact of various types of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including services within North Carolina and worldwide. She works collaboratively with many groups on her research, including the Governor’s Crime Commission, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the World Health Organization. She has more than 100 publications examining these issues, with many of these papers including her student colleagues.

Key Publications

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

Macy R J, Martin SL, Nwabuzor I, Rizo CF 
What do domestic violence and sexual assault service providers need to know about survivors to deliver services?
Violence Against Women: vol.In press

Halpern, CT, Tucker CM, Bengtson A, Kupper LL, McLean S, Martin SL. (2013) 
Somatic symptoms among US adolescent females: Associations with sexual and physical violence exposure
Maternal and Child Health Journal: vol.epub prior to print

Nwabuzor, I, Macy RJ, Kupper LL, Martin SL, Bledsoe SE. (2013) 
Intimate Partner Violence and Depressive Symptoms Before Pregnancy, During Pregnancy and After Infant Delivery: An Exploratory Study
Journal of Interpersonal Violence: vol.epub prior to print

Martin SL, Arcara J, Pollock MD. (2012) 
Domestic violence during pregnancy and the postpartum period