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Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD


Community Health and Prevention
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BA, Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, PhD, Psychology (Biological and Health 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. From 2005-2007, she was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University. 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 work has focused primarily on Latino immigrants and other disadvantaged populations. 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.

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


Selected Publications:

Halverson JL, Martinez-Donate AP, Palta M, Leal T, Lubner S, Walsh MC, Schaaf-Strickland J, Smith PD, Trentham-Dietz A. Health Literacy and Health-related Quality of Life Among a Population-based Sample of Cancer Patients. Journal of Health Communication, 2015;20(11):1320-9.

Zhang X, Martinez-Donate AP, Simon NJ, Hovell MF, Rangel MG, Sipan C. Risk Behaviors for HIV Infection among travelling Mexican Migrants: The US-Mexico Border as a Contextual Risk Factor. Global Public Health, 2016;15:1-19. PMCID: PMC4985488.

Zhang X, Martinez-Donate A+, Rhoads N. Parental practices and attitudes regarding smoke-free rules in homes, cars, and outdoors playgrounds in U.S. households with underage children. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2015;12: 140553.

Zhang X, Martinez-Donate A+, Kuo D, Piper M. Beyond Cigarette Smoking: Smoke-free Home Rules and Use of Alternative Tobacco Products. Perspectives in Public Health, 2016;136(1):30-3.

Escaron AL, Martinez-Donate AP+, Riggall JG, Meinen A, Hall B, Nieto FJ, Nitzke S. Developing and Implementing “Waupaca Eating Smart”: A Restaurant and Supermarket Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating Through Changes in the Food Environment. Health Promotion Practice, 2016;17(2):265-277.

Martinez-Donate AP, Rangel MG, Zhang X, Simon NJ, Rhoads N, Gonzalez-Fagoaga JE, Asadi-Gonzalez A. HIV Prevention among Mexican Migrants at Different Migration Phases: Exposure to Prevention Messages and Association With Testing Behaviors. AIDS Education & Prevention, 2015;27(6):547-565. PMCID: PMC4751078.

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

Zhang X, Rhoads N, Rangel MG, Hovell MF, Magis-Rodriguez C, Sipan C, Gonzalez-Fagoaga E, Martinez-Donate AP. Understanding the impact of migration on HIV risk: An analysis of Mexican migrants’ sexual practices, partners, and contexts by migration phase. AIDS and Behavior, 2017;21 (3), 935-948.

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].

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].

Richie-Zavaleta C, Villanueva AM, Martinez-Donate A+, Turchi RM, Ataiants J, Rhodes S. Sex trafficking victims at their junction with the healthcare setting—a mixed-methods inquiry. Journal of Human Trafficking, 2019 Jun 2, [Epub ahead of print].

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].

Kundu I, Martinez-Donate A+, Karkada N, Roth A, Felsher M, Sandling M, Szep Z. Attitudes and referral practices for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among HIV rapid testers and case managers in Philadelphia: A mixed methods study. PLOS One, 2019;14(10): e0223486, PMCID: PMC6779237.

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

Martinez, O., Brady, K.A., Levine, E., Page, K.R, Zea, M.C., Jamanis, T.J., Grieb, S., Shinefeld, J., Ortiz, K. Davis, W.W., Mattera, B., Martinez-Donate, A., Chavez-Baray, S. & Moya, E.M. (2020). Using Syndemics Theory to Examine HIV Sexual Risk Among Latinx Men Who Have Sex with Men in Philadelphia, PA: Findings from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance. Ehquidad. International Welfare Policies and Social Work Journal, 2020;13:217-236. doi: 10.15257/ehquidad.2020.0009 .

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].

Alberto CK, Kemmick Pintor J, Young ME, Tabb LP, Martinez-Donate AP, Langellier BA, Stimpson JP. Association of Maternal Citizenship and State-level Immigrant Policies with Health Insurance Coverage of US-born Latino Youth. JAMA Network Open, in press.

To view a complete bibliography, visit PubMed.