B.A. Florida Atlantic University, 1996
M.A Northern Arizona University, 1998
M.P.H. University of South Florida, 2003
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 2008
Applied Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology
Health disparities and community engaged research
Latino and immigrant health
Cancer survivorship and chronic disease management
Cross-cultural concepts of disease and illness
Qualitative methods and ethnography
Dr. Martinez Tyson is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is academically trained in applied medical anthropology and epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the College of Public Health and also a Courtesy Professor in Anthropology. She has extensive experience qualitative methods and in community engaged research. She has worked closely with various community organizations to address health disparities among ethnic minorities and underserved populations in the Tampa Bay area and Spanish speaking Caribbean. Her community experience has also provided her with invaluable insights about partnership and coalition building processes.
Dr. Martinez Tyson has worked in the area of Latino health and in the cultural adaptation of evidence-based interventions for Latino audiences. For example, she worked to adapt a self-administered stress management program for Latina women with breast cancer titled Cómo tratar el estrés durante la quimioterapia and to adapt a chronic disease self-management program for Latino individuals with chronic disease and co-occurring minor depression. She also has extensive experience in program evaluation and has conducted process and outcome evaluation for several National Cancer Institute funded health disparities initiatives, including the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network and the Cancer and Culture and Literacy Training Institute.
Dr. Martinez Tyson’s work has appeared in the journals Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Journal of Cancer Education, Health Promotion Practice, Social Science and Medicine and Cancer Control Journal. She is also the co-founder of Latinos Unidos por Un Nuevo Amanecer, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides support to Latinos diagnosed with cancer. She facilitates a monthly support group for Latinas diagnosed with cancer and co-coordinates Campamento Alegria, a 3-Day integrative program for Latina cancer survivors. Her educational and research interests are aimed at designing effective community-based education and outreach strategies for to reduce health disparities among diverse and medically underserved populations.