Airín Denise Martínez

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Airin Denise Martinez
Assistant Professor
333 Arnold House


B.S., Barry University, Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco, W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Community-based participatory research; racial and ethnic health disparities; Latinx immigrants; mixed methods; health policy

Research Description: 

Airín D. Martínez joined the Department of Health Promotion & Policy in the Fall 2018. She is a medical sociologist with training from the University of California-San Francisco. She completed the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars postdoctoral fellowship in community-based participatory research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research examines the sociopolitical and institutional arrangements that produce chronic disease disparities among Latinx immigrants and their US-born children. Dr. Martinez’s current research examines how the local implementation of immigration enforcement policies creates material deprivation and psychosocial stress among Latinx mixed-status families, with at least one unauthorized immigrant. She hopes that her research can reverse policies excluding US immigrant populations and inform community-based prevention strategies.

Key Publications: 

Martínez, Airín D., Ruelas, Lillian, & Granger, Douglas A. (2017). Household Fear of deportation and BMI percentile in Mexican-origin families from Phoenix, AZ: Relation to Salivary Uric Acid. American Journal of Human Biology. 

Martínez, Airín D., Piedramartel, Abdel, & Jacqueline Agnew. (2015). Going beyond the injury: regulatory conditions contributing to Latina/o immigrants’ occupational psychosocial stressors in Baltimore. Frontiers in Public Health, 3: 240. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00240. 

Martínez, Airín D. (2015). The juxtaposition of comiendo bien and nutrition: the state of healthy eating for Latino immigrants in San Francisco. Food, Culture, and Society, 18(1): 131-149. 

Martínez, Airín D. (2013). Reconsidering acculturation for dietary change research among Latino immigrants: Challenging the preconditions of US migration. Ethnicity and Health. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2012.698254.