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Iveris Luz Martinez

Iveris L. Martinez, Ph.D., is the Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Director of the Center for Successful Aging at Long Beach State University. Professor Martinez is an applied anthropologist who has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Macarthur Foundation, and others for her research on social and cultural factors influencing health, with an emphasis in aging, Latinx, and minority populations.

Her current interests include addressing disparities in services for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, interventions to address social isolation, as well as interprofessional efforts to promote aging in place. She previously served as the Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Aging, Inc., the local area agency on aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and President of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course. She has a joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Population & Family Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. 

Areas of Interest 

  • Social Isolation
  • Health Disparities in Aging
  • Latinx health
  • Interprofessional Education

Current Research 

  • Latino Family Caregivers for Persons with Alzheimer’s
  • Interprofessional Experiment in Open Space Design


  1. Martinez IL, Castellanos N, Carr C, Plescia C, Rodriguez A, Thommi S, Weithorn D, Zaremski L, Maisel M, Wells A. Increasing Awareness on Health Care Access in Florida: A Community-based Medical-Legal Practicum ProjectProgress in Community Health Partnerships. 2016: 10(1): 141-147.    

  2. Kao P, Martinez IL.  Health Disparities in Aging.  Conference Report.  Medical Anthropology Theory.   July 15, 2015.    

  3. Martinez IL, Artze-Vega I, Wells A, Mora JC, Gillis M. Twelve Tips on Teaching the Social Determinants of Health in Medicine. Med Teach 2014; Nov 6: 1-6 [Epub ahead of print] 

  4. Martinez IL, Martin L, Balmaceda V, Hayden MH.  Incorporating Social Work perspectives to interprofessional health teams: engaging students in a biopsychosocial assessment of familyMedEdPORTAL; 2014.   

  5. Tanner EK, Martinez IL, Harris M.  Examining Functional and Social Determinants of Depression in Community-dwelling Older Adults: Implications for Practice.  Geriatric Nursing.  2014; 35(3): 236-40. 

  6. Martinez IL, Pfeiffle A, Ballard J. Framing Competency-based Assessment for Interprofessional Education.  Med Sci Edu.  2013;23(3S): 562-565. 

  7. Martinez IL, St. Prix C. A Hybrid Educational Experience Training Future Health Professionals to Work Together to Improve Patient OutcomesMedEdPORTAL; 2013.  

  8. Martinez IL, Mora C. A Community-based Approach for Integrating Geriatrics and Gerontology into Undergraduate Medical Education. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2012;33(2):152-65. 

  9. Martinez IL, Crooks D, Kim K, Tanner E. Invisible Civic Engagement among older adults: The role of informal volunteering. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2011; 26:23-37. 

  10. Martinez IL, Frick KD, Kim K, Fried LP. Older Adults and Retired Teachers in Address Teacher Retention in Urban Schools. Educ Gerontol. 2010; 36:263-280.  

  11. Martinez IL, Carter-Pokras O, Brown PB. Addressing the Challenges of Latino Health Research: Community-based approaches in an emergent urban community. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:908-914.  

  12. Martinez IL, Kim K, Tanner E, Fried L, Seeman T. Ethnic and Class Variations in Promoting Social Activities among Older Adults. Activities Adaptation Aging. 2009;33:96-119. 

  13. Martinez IL Aging in Exile: Family support and emotional well-being among older Cuban immigrants in the United States. Chapter 22 In: Sokolovsky J, ed. The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 3rd edition, 2009

For a full list of publications, refer to her CV (PDF).