Texas Tech University

Monica Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences

Email: Monica.J.Martin@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8081

Office: HS 511

Not accepting graduate students for Fall 2024

Monica Martin, Ph.D.

Research Focus

My research examines the influence of economic disadvantage on the emotional and behavioral health of youth and families. I primarily study behavioral health involving problem behaviors that negatively influence health and well-being such as delinquency, antisocial behavior, and substance involvement. Much of my work examines the family processes through which economic hardship impacts families and individuals across time and multiple generations of family members. In addition to economic disadvantage, I am also interested in how racial, ethnic, and educational disparities affect individual development and families. I am particularly interested how various forms of disadvantage influence the developmental course of problem behaviors and gaining a better understanding of processes that may promote resilience and interrupt these trajectories.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Socioeconomic, racial and ethnic disparities
  • Delinquency, substance use and other problem behaviors 
  • Intergenerational family processes
  • Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

Martin, M. J., Bacher, K. B., Conger, R. D., & Robins, R. W. (2018). Prospective relationships between ethnic discrimination and substance use by Mexican American adolescents. Child Development. Currently available online: https://rdcu.be/TXZV

Martin, M.J., Conger, R. D., & Robins, R. W. (in press). Family stress processes and drug and alcohol use by Mexican American adolescents. Developmental Psychology.

O'Laughlin, K. D., Martin, M. J., & Ferrer, E. (2018). Cross-sectional analysis of longitudinal mediation processes. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 53, 375-402.

Martin, M. J. & Donnellan, M. B. (in press). Socioeconomic status, parenting, and negative personality traits over time and across generations. Developmental Psychology.

Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., & Masarik, A. S. (in press). Dynamic associations among SES, parenting investments and conscientious over time. Developmental Psychology.

Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., Sitnick, S. L., Masarik, A. S., Forbes, E. E., & Shaw, D. S. (2015). Reducing risk for substance use by economically disadvantaged young men: Positive family environments and pathways to educational attainment.Child Development, 86, 1719-1737.    

Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., Masarik, A. P., Widaman, K. F., & Donnellan, M. B. (2015). Social and economic antecedents and consequences of adolescent aggressive personality: Predictions from the interactionist model. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1111-1127.

Martin, M. J., Blozis, S. A., Boeninger, D. K., Masarik, A. S., & Conger, R. D. (2014). The timing of entry into adult roles and changes in trajectories of problem behavior during the transition to adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2473-2484.

Sohr-Preston, S. L., Scaramella, L. V., Martin, M. J., Neppl, T. K., Ontai, L., & Conger, R. D. (2013). Parental socioeconomic status, parental communication, and children's early language development: A 3-generation test of the family investment model. Child Development, 84, 1046-1062.

Martin, M. J., McCarthy, B., Conger, R. D, Gibbons, F. X., Simons, R. L., Cutrona, C. E., & Brody, G. H. (2011). The enduring significance of racism: Discrimination and delinquency among Black American youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 662-676.

Schofield, T. J., Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., Neppl, T. M., Donnellan, M. B., & Conger, K. J. (2011). Intergenerational transmission of adaptive functioning: A test of the interactionist model of SES and human development. Child Development, 82: 33-47.

Conger, R. D., Conger, K. J., & Martin, M. J. (2010). Socioeconomic status, family processes, and individual development. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 685-704.

Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., Schofield, T. J., Dogan, S. J., Widaman, K. F., Donnellan, M. B., & Neppl, T. K. (2010). Evaluation of the interactionist model of socioeconomic status and problem behavior: A developmental cascade across generations. Development and Psychopathology, 22: 695-713. 


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