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Omar Martinez

Assistant Professor 


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex 505
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Columbia University 
  • MS, Clinical Research Methods, Columbia University
  • JD, Indiana University
  • MPH, Indiana University
  • BA, Political Science and Sociology and Minor and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Florida 


Omar Martinez is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. He completed his master’s degree in public health, juris doctorate at Indiana University-Bloomington, as well as a master’s degree in biostatistics with a focus on clinical research methods at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Mr. Martinez completed an NIH T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral science research in HIV prevention at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Mr. Martinez has research expertise in the correlates, prevalence, and prevention of substance use/disorders, mental illness, and HIV risk behaviors among underserved and vulnerable populations, including Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). His work has contributed to a better understanding of the impact of syndemic factors, including both individual-level factors (e.g. substance use and mental health problems) and the larger social context (e.g. immigration status, immigration policies, acculturation issues, language barriers, experiences of discrimination, and neighborhood residence) that affects the overall health outcomes among Latino LGBT populations. His experiences also include developing and implementing programs and interventions to address the health disparities affecting Latinos and underserved populations, including HoMBReS, a best-evidence community-level intervention HIV prevention intervention for self-identified heterosexual Latinos and Connect n’ Unite, a couple-based behavioral HIV prevention intervention for substance using Black MSM, both funded through NIH. Mr. Martinez has directed and conducted research studying determinants of HIV risk in LGBT Latino populations and integrating social, behavioral, and biomedical strategies for HIV prevention and care research, including the Conectando Latinos en Pareja adaptation study, a couple-based biobehavioral HIV prevention intervention for Latino MSM.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Child Welfare
  • Chronic Disease
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Criminal Justice
  • Depression
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Human Sexuality
  • Immigration
  • LGBT
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health
  • mHealth
  • Minority Health
  • Prison Health
  • Risk Behavior
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Suicide 
  • Tobacco
  • Violence Prevention