Dr. Vanessa L. Martinez, Ed.D.

Dr. Vanessa L. Martinez, Ed.D.

Faculty - Humanities Program

Dr. Vanessa Martinez is a higher education professional with extensive experience in student services, counseling, advising, and teaching college students. Trained in multicultural and career counseling, advising, diversity and inclusivity training & education, social justice advocacy, retention, graduation, and conducting research in higher education. Dedicated to supporting college students' well-being and empowering first-generation and underrepresented communities.

• Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, California State University, Northridge (2020)
• M.S. in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Irvine

Gloria, A.M., Castellanos, J., Delgado-Guerrero, M., Salazar, A.C., Nieves, C.M., Mejía, A., & Martínez, V.L. (2017).
El ojo en la meta: Latino male undergraduates’ coping processes. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10 (1), 11-24.

Producing research focused on resilience, persistence, ethnic identity, acculturation, familism, spirituality, effects of discrimination on psychological well-being and academic achievement, challenges faced by Latin@/x college students in higher education, first-generation college students, and coping mechanisms used by Latino/a college students that promote retention and graduation. Passionate about helping college students pursue their dreams and accomplish their academic and career goals.

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