Maria Martinez is a NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research whose research broadly focuses on improving access to and quality of child and family mental health services. Maria has clinical and research experience developing screening measures and interventions for families in community and clinical settings at-risk for chronic healthcare needs. She is currently involved in PCORI-funded community based participatory research using a comparative effectiveness research design to test a brief intervention to improve patient engagement and mental health service use, led by Dr. Kathleen Thomas. In collaboration with a large team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maria is examining pathways associated with earlier screening, diagnosis and intervention for autism that can be used to develop a system of service that provides early intervention for autism and developmental disabilities.
Maria grew-up in a bilingual household in the greater Washington, DC area. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and her internship/residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. She currently lives with her husband and parti-colored poodles in Durham, NC. In her free time she enjoys traveling, art, prospecting, and volunteering.