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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 works to enhance 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.

Honors and Awards

Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award
2015, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Faculty Mentoring Award
2011, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council

Representative Courses

MHCH 890 Gender-Based Violence | Syllabus

Teaching Interests

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

Research Activities
Dr. Martin’s research in the area of gender-based violence, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She is currently working on projects in a wide range of areas, including: the prevention of sex trafficking of children; the prevention of sexual violence perpetration and victimization among adolescents and young adults (including NC samples of high risk youth, college populations, and the military); and improving the methods used by domestic violence and sexual assault programs to identify violence survivors' needs, offer needed services and evaluate service effectiveness. 
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 recently worked with the Association of American Universities to document sexual assault across multiple college campuses, and 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

Sexual violence among college students: prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and promising practices for prevention. In: Sexual Assault Across the Life Span, 2E: A Comprehensive Clinical Reference. AP Giardino, SP Starling, SL Rotolo, ML Weaver, PK Speck, DK Faugno (Eds). Young SK, Lyles RH, Kupper LL, Keys JR, Martin SL, Costenbader EC (2016). STM Learning Inc..

The effectiveness of mental health interventions for adult female survivors of sexual assault: A systematic review. Parcesepe A, Martin SL, Pollack, M, Garcia-Moreno (2015). Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 25, part A(Nov-Dec), 15-25.
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Prevalence and rates of intimate partner violence among South African women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Groves AK, Moodley D, McNaughton-Reyes L, Martin SL, Foshee V, Maman S (2015). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(3), 487-95.
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Providers’ perspectives about helpful information for evaluating domestic violence and sexual assault services: a practice note. Macy RJ, Ogbonnaya I, Martin SL (2015). Violence Against Women, 21(3), 416-29.
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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). Sexually Transmitted Infections, 90(4), 332-6.
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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