Jonathan I. Martinez

Dr. Martinez
Associate Professor
(818) 677-2728
Office location:
ST 316



Ph.D., 2013, University of California, Los Angeles (Clinical Psychology)

M.A., 2009, University of California, Los Angeles (Clinical Psychology)

M.A., 2007, San Diego State University (Psychology)

B.A., 2002, University of California, Irvine (Psychology)


Specialty Areas: Clinical Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Child Mental Health Services


Courses Taught:

PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 320/L Statistical Methods in Psychological Research & Lab

PSY 628 Fundamentals of Psychotherapy


Selected Publications:

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 and Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1038826

Martinez, J.I., Gudiño, O., & Lau, A. (2013). Problem-specific racial/ethnic disparities in pathways from maltreatment exposure to specialty mental health service use for youth in Child Welfare. Child Maltreatment, 18(2), 98-107.

Gudiño, O., Martinez, J.I., & Lau, A. (2012). Mental health service use for children in contact with Child Welfare: Racial disparities depend on problem type. Psychiatric Services, 63(10), 1004-1010.

Ebesutani, C., Bernstein, A., Martinez, J.I., Chorpita, B., & Weisz, J. (2011). The Youth Self Report: Applicability and validity across younger and older youths. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(2), 338-346.

Martinez, J.I., & Lau, A. (2010). Do social networks push families toward or away from youth mental health services? A national study of families in Child Welfare. Journal of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders, 19(3), 169-181.

Landrine, H., Corral, I., Klonoff, E., Jensen, J., Kashima, K., Hickman, N., & Martinez, J.I. (2008). Ethnic disparities in youth access to tobacco: California statewide results, 1999-2003. Health Promotion Practice, 11(1), 101-108.

 Wigal, S., Gupta, S., Greenhill, L., Posner, K., Lerner, M., Steinhoff, K., Wigal, T., Kapelinski, A., Martinez, J.I., Modi, N., Stehli, A., & Swanson, J. (2007). Pharmacokinetics of methylphenidate in preschoolers with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Child & Adolescent Pharmacology, 17(2), 153-164.


Research Interests:

My research addresses this central question: How can we bridge the science-to-practice gap by implementing evidence-based practices in community mental health settings to reduce disparities in care for ethnic minority families? To answer this, my research focuses on: (a) examining racial/ethnic disparities in child mental health service receipt, (b) investigating sociocultural factors impacting racial/ethnic disparities in child mental healthcare, (c) understanding stakeholder perspectives on processes impacting family engagement and methods to improve quality of care received, and (d) developing and evaluating culturally-sensitive psychotherapeutic strategies for promoting family engagement in child mental healthcare.