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Jonathan Martinez




Dr. Jonathan Martinez completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. His research has been informed from his clinical experiences at Providence St. John’s Health Center in L.A., where he primarily served Latinx, Spanish-speaking families and received training in evidence-based interventions. He completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center in San Diego, where he worked on projects focused on the implementation of evidenced-based practices in community mental health settings. His research focuses on bridging the science-to-practice gap by developing collaborative partnerships in the community to address disparities in care. His research, teaching, clinical, and personal experiences have allowed him to gain both breadth and depth on issues pertaining to culture and diversity. His own background as a Latino, first generation college student are unique assets he has brought to CSUN. Dr. Martinez is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, where he is the Co-Director of the Clinical Psychology M.A. Program. He has eagerly sought out formal mentorship opportunities to ensure the success of underrepresented students in achieving their career goals. His P.U.E.N.T.E. research lab focuses on achieving health equity by implementing evidence-based, culturally responsive practices in mental healthcare for underserved families.

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  • Martinez, J.I., Lau, A., Chorpita, B.F., Weisz, J.R., & the Research Network on Youth Mental Health (2015). Psychoeducation as a mediator of treatment approach on parent engagement in child psychotherapy for disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46(4), 573-587. doi:10.1080/15374416.2015.1038826
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Martinez, J.I., Roesch, S.C., Bustos, C. & Janicki, C. (2016). Randomized trial of the Parent And Caregiver Active Participation Toolkit for child mental health treatment. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47(sup1), S150-S160. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1183497
  • Martinez, J.I., & Haine-Schlagel, R. (2018). Observational assessment of engagement strategies to promote parent homework planning in community-based child mental health treatment: A pilot study. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 27(6), 1968-1980. doi:10.1007/s10826-018-1030-7
  • Morrison, R.A., Martinez, J.I., Hilton, E.C., & Li, J.J. (2019). The influence of parents and schools on developmental trajectories of antisocial behaviors in Caucasian and African American youths. Development and Psychopathology, 31(4), 1575-1587. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001335
  • Drahota, A., Meza, R.D., Bustos, T.E., Sridhar, A., Martinez, J.I., Brikho, B., Stahmer, A.C., Aarons, G.A. (2020). Implementation as usual in community-based organizations providing specialized services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A mixed methods study. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-17. doi:10.1007/s10488-020-01084-5





Mental Health Psychoeducational Toolkit for Latinx Families.
The aim of the project is to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and enhance help-seeking in the Latinx community, in a culturally-responsive manner. To accomplish this, in collaboration with Our House Productions, we produced short videos in English ( and Spanish ( to educate families on the process of navigating therapy. The videos depict Victor Luna, a Latino male that is being interviewed and reflecting on his personal struggles with mental illness and what prompted him to seek professional help.


Training SCRP Sites in Implementing and Assessing Evidence-Based, Culturally-Responsive Strategies for Engaging Ethnic Minority Families in Mental Health Services
The aim of this project was to assess cultural competency in community-based mental health centers in 10 counties throughout Southern California. I provided trainings, completed mixed-method needs assessments, and provided recommendations and resources to ensure culturally competent care in the delivery of mental health services to diverse families.