Melissa Martinson


Ph.D., 2010, Columbia University. Health disparities, international comparative health, immigrant health, comparative social welfare policy, poverty, child and family policy.

Department: School of Social Work
Position: Assistant Professor
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Research Summary:

Her research interests are broadly focused on inequities in health and wellbeing throughout the life span in the United States and internationally. Much of her work examines health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, with a particular focus on children. Her current research also looks at the health and wellbeing of immigrants and their children and how factors such as acculturation and socioeconomic status influence health after arrival.

Recent Publications:

Martinson, M., (Forthcoming), Income Inequality in Health at all Ages: A Comparison of the United States and England, American Journal of Public Health.

Martinson, M. L.; McLanahan, S.; Brooks-Gunn, J., (2012), Race/Ethnic and Nativity Disparities in Child Overweight in the United States and England, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 643: 1, 219-238.

Manuel, J. I.; Martinson, M. L.; Bledsoe-Mansori, S. E.; Bellamy, J. L., (2012), The influence of stress and social support on depressive symptoms in mothers with young children, Social Science & Medicine.

Martinson, M. L.; Teitler, J. O.; Reichman, N. E., (2011), Health Across the Life Span in the United States and England, American Journal of Epidemiology, 173: 8, 858-865.

Martinson, M. L.; Teitler, J. O.; Reichman, N. E., (2011), Response to Invited Commentary: The search for explanations of the American health disadvantage relative to the English, American Journal of Epidemiology, 173: 8.

Teitler, J. O.; Reichman, N. E.; Nepomnyaschy, L.; Martinson, M., (2007), A Cross-National Comparison of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight in the United States and England, Pediatrics., 120: 5, e1182.

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