Michelle Martinez works on the HELP 2.0 study, which aims to help home visiting programs in New Jersey address substance use with their clients. Her team is designing and testing an anonymous screening and brief intervention tool to help pregnant women and new mothers who may be using or at-risk of using substances. She is responsible for translating the intervention tool and materials that are culturally humble and relevant for Spanish-speaking clients served in the home visiting program.
Michelle also uses her bilingual skills as a Helpline Specialist I, where she responds to digital communications on the helpline, offering support and resources to parents and caregivers in English and Spanish. Additionally, Michelle has collaborated in the translation of resources, articles and tools in order to expand resources available to Spanish-speaking clients.
Her research interests are in exploring the disparities in sexuality, reproductive health and the intersectionality of substance use and mental health within that population. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Stony Brook University and her Master’s degree in public health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.