William Martinez, PhD

Pediatric Mental Health Director
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
+1 628 206-4444

William Martinez, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services clinic in the Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is currently the co-chair of the steering committee for the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative. He is also faculty in two APA-accredited internship programs at UCSF/ZSFG - the Multicultural Clinical Training Program and the Clinical Psychology Training Program. His overall clinical and research aims are concentrated on reducing behavioral health disparities among Latinx youth, with a specific focus on immigrant populations. Dr. Martinez takes a socio-ecological approach to understanding these concerns across three areas of inquiry: 1) the impact of social determinants on behavioral health disparities; 2) implementation and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention programming for traumatic stress; and 3) policy and advocacy focused on improving conditions for juveniles in immigration court proceedings.


Mental health and adaptation among newcomer immigrant youth in United States educational settings.

Current opinion in psychology

Patel SG, Bouche V, Thomas I, Martinez W

Intolerance of Uncertainty and Health-Related Anxiety in Youth amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding and Weathering the Continuing Storm.

Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings

Korte C, Friedberg RD, Wilgenbusch T, Paternostro JK, Brown K, Kakolu A, Tiller-Ormord J, Baweja R, Cassar M, Barnowski A, Movahedi Y, Kohl K, Martinez W, Trafalis S, Leykin Y

"Se extraña todo:" Family separation and reunification experiences among unaccompanied adolescent migrants from Central America.

New directions for child and adolescent development

Patel SG, Bouche V, Martinez W, Barajas K, Garcia A, Sztainer M, Hawkins K

In A. Breland-Noble (Ed.), Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations

Patient and community engagement for mental health disparities in Latinx youth immigrant populations: The Fuerte program

Martinez, W., Matlow, R., Farahmand, F., Rocha, M. Romano, A., Romero, M., Cooch, P., Chhabra, D., San Miguel, R., Quintanilla, A.

Treatment of Migrant Children on the US Southern Border Is Consistent With Torture.


Oberg C, Kivlahan C, Mishori R, Martinez W, Gutierrez JR, Noor Z, Goldhagen J

The relationship between maternal responsivity, socioeconomic status, and resting autonomic nervous system functioning in Mexican American children.

International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology

Johnson M, Deardorff J, Davis EL, Martinez W, Eskenazi B, Alkon A

Barriers to Integrating Mental Health Services in Community-Based Primary Care Settings in Mexico City: A Qualitative Analysis.

Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)

Martinez W, Galván J, Saavedra N, Berenzon S

In P. Sturmey & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology: Volume 1 Child and Adolescent Disorders

Depressive disorders in children and adolescents

Martinez, W., Zychinski, K., & Polo, A.J.

Family orientation, language, and anxiety among low-income Latino youth.

Journal of anxiety disorders

Martinez W, Polo AJ, Carter JS

Social competence in children with chronic illness: a meta-analytic review.

Journal of pediatric psychology

Martinez W, Carter JS, Legato LJ