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Sandra L. Martin, PhD

Sandra L. Martin, PhD

Maternal and Child Health
Associate Chair for Research
Maternal and Child Health
  • 422D Rosenau Hall, 421 Pittsboro St.
  • CB #7445
  • Chapel Hill 27599
  • USA

Dr. Sandra L. Martin is a professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health.  

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

Violence Against Women Best Paper Nomination

2011, Violence Against Women Journal

Judges Award, Women's Health Research Day, Chapel Hill, NC, 2004

2004, UNC-CH

McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching

2001, The School of Public Health, UNC, Chapel Hill

Leaders in Child Health

1999, Rochester University Child Health Congress

Health and Welfare Canada Fellowship Award

1988, Health and Welfare Canada

McMaster Dalley Scholarship for Achievement

1977, n/a

Representative Courses

MHCH 732 Gender-Based Violence | Syllabus

Research Activities

Principal Investigator, School-Based Human Trafficking Program for High-Risk Youth

Co-Investigator, A Randomized Trial of Wise Guys Next Level

Co-Investigator, Growing Researcher and College Communities Supporting Violence Prevention Research

Co-Investigator, Influence of PTSD Symptoms on Chronic Pain Development after Sexual Assault

Service Activities

2014- present  UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group, Faculty Mentor
2013-present  Core Faculty Member and Internal Advisory Board, UNC IPRC
2004-present Associate Chair for Research, MCH

Practice Activities

2016-2017  University of Hawaii System. Provide guidance on the development of a campus climate survey assessing sexual assault and other types of violence for all University of Hawaii System universities and colleges.

2016-2017  American Association of Universities (AAU). Editorial Review Team member providing guidance on an AAU report of survey findings on how universities are using AAU campus climate survey data to inform programming to prevent sexual assault on campus.

2014-2015  American Association of Universities (AAU). Chair of the Survey Development Team for the Sexual Assault & Campus Climate Survey, a survey of 28 U.S. public and private research universities which will include up to 800,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

2010-present  Multi-Discipline Review Team (MDRT) of the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

2009-present  External Advisory Committee (EAC) Member for the University of Kentucky’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Grant

Key Publications

Starting the conversation: Are university sexual assault policies related to the prevalence of campus sexual assault? DeLong SM, Graham LM, Magee EP, Treves-Kagen S, Gray CL, McClay LM, Zarnick SM, Kupper LL, Macy RJ, Ashley OS, Pettifor A, Moracco KE, Martin SL.  (2018). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(21), 3313-3343.
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Leveraging Data and Momentum to Strengthen Campus Sexual Assault Policy. Klein LB, Graham LM, Treves-Kagan S, Deck PG, DeLong SM, Martin SL.  (2018). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(21), 3298-3314.
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Educating Youth about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Systematic review. Rizo CF, Klein LB, Chesworth BR, O’Brien JE, Macy RJ, Martin SL, Crews ME, Love BL.  (2018). Global Social Welfare Journal, July(16).
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Incorporating trauma-informed care into school based programs. Martin SL, Ashley OS, White L, Axelson S, Clark M, Burris B. (2017). Journal of School Health, 87(12), 958-7.

Individual, behavioral, and situational correlates of the drugging victimization experiences of college women. Warner T, Allen C, Fisher BS, Krebs C, Martin SL, Lindquist C.  (2017). Criminal Justice Review.
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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

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