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Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD

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Community Health and Prevention
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PhD, Psychology (Biological and Health Psychology), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
BA, Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Ana Martinez-Donate is a professor of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, joining the School in September 2015. Previously, she was a tenured faculty in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was trained in Health Psychology and received her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, in 1999. She completed post-graduate studies in Epidemiology at the National School of Public Health, Spain (2000) and received post-doctoral training at San Diego State University, focusing on health promotion, behavioral epidemiology, and community health.

Martinez-Donate's research work has focused primarily on Latino populations in the U.S. and Mexico. She applies a social ecological framework to the analysis of behavioral and social determinants of population health and the development and evaluation of community-based interventions for disease prevention and health promotion.

She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2007. She is the lead investigator of a long-standing binational program of research on HIV risk and access to health services among Mexican migrants. She is also leading several projects that seek to 1) examine the negative impact of immigration and deportation policies on the children of Latino immigrant families; 2) understand syndemic health conditions, such as substance use, violence, HIV/AIDS, and mental health (SAVAME) that disproportionately impact Latino immigrants in the U.S.; and 3) test community-based interventions to reduce the impact of the SAVAME syndemic and the COVID-19 pandemic on Latino immigrant communities in Philadelphia.

At Drexel University, she leads the Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health Working Group (MERHG), a group of faculty, fellows, and students interested in the intersection of these social determinants of health. She is also the founder of the Latino Health Collective, a coalition of Latino-serving organizations, city representatives, and advocates who work together to promote the health and well-being of Latino communities in Philadelphia.

For more information visit her personal website:

To learn more about Project Migrante visit:

On Twitter: @amdonate

Research Interests

  • Community Engaged Research
  • Immigrant Health
  • Health Disparities
  • HIV Prevention
  • Health Care Access
  • Latino Health
  • Syndemics


* = First author is/was Martinez-Donate’s student/mentee
+ = Martinez-Donate is corresponding or senior author

Selected Publications:

Dsouza N,* Hassrick-McGuee E, Giordano K, Friedman C, Yamasaki Y, Perez C, Martinez O, Carroll-Scott A, Martinez-Donate AP+. Analysis of Network Characteristics to Assess Community Capacity of Latino-Serving Organizations in Philadelphia. J Urban Health 2021 Mar 15;1-11. doi: 10.1007/s11524-021-00535-0. Online ahead of print.

Giordano KR,* Dsouza N, McGhee-Hassrick E, Martinez-Donate AP+. Provider Perspectives on Latino Immigrants’ Access To Resources for Syndemic Health Issues. Hispanic Health Care International 2021 Jan 13; 1540415320985590. doi: 10.1177/1540415320985590 Online ahead of print.

Martinez-Donate AP, Verdecias N, Zhang X, Gonzalez-Fagoaga E, Asadi-Gonzalez A, Guendelman S, Amuedo-Dorantes C, Rangel MG. Examining the Health Profile and Healthcare Access of Mexican Migrants Traversing the Northern Mexican Border. Medical Care, 2020 Feb 5. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001300. [Epub ahead of print].

Tellez Lieberman J*, Lobban K, Flores Z, Giordano K, Nolasco-Barrientos E, Yamasaki Y, Martinez-Donate AP+. “We All Have Strengths”: A Retrospective Qualitative Evaluation of a Resilience Training for Latino Immigrants in Philadelphia, PA. Health Equity, 2019;3(1), Published Online: 30 Oct 2019

Langellier BA, Martínez-Donate AP+, Gonzalez-Fagoaga JP, Rangel MG. Educational gradients in health care access and use among Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and U.S.-Mexico migrants. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 May 24. doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00902-9. [Epub ahead of print].

Diaz CJ*, Zeng L, Martinez-Donate AP+. Investigating health selection within Mexico and across the U.S. border. Population Research and Policy Review, Popul Res Policy Rev (2018) 37:181.

Martinez-Donate AP, Ejebe I, Zhang X, Guendelman S, Le-Scherban F, Rangel G, Gonzalez-Fagoaga E, Hovell MF, Amuedo-Dorantes C. Access to health care among Mexican migrants and immigrants: A comparison across migration phases. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2017;28(4):1314-1326

Amuedo-Dorantes C, Puttanum T, Martinez-Donate AP. "Deporting “Bad Hombres”? The profile of deportees under widespread versus prioritized enforcement." International Migration Review, 2018 April 26, [Epub ahead of print].

Martinez-Donate AP, Zhang X, Rangel MG, Hovell MF, Gonzalez-Fagoaga JE, Magis-Rodriguez C, Guendelman S. Does acculturative stress influence immigrant sexual HIV risk and HIV testing behavior? Evidence from a survey of male Mexican migrants. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2017 Aug 24. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0425-2 [Epub ahead of print].

Guerrero N,* Zhang X, Rangel MG, Gonzalez-Fagoaga JE, Martinez-Donate AP+. Cervical and breast cancer screening among female Mexican migrants.Preventing Chronic Disease, 2016;13:160036.

Diaz CJ,* Koning S, Martinez-Donate AP+. Moving Beyond Salmon Bias: Mexican Return Migration and Health Selection. Demography, 2016;53(6):2005-2030.

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