Nelda   C.  Martinez  PhD, RN, FAAN

Clinical Full Professor  

Office: EHABE 2.110.07
Phone: (956) 882-5132
Email: nelda.martinez@utrgv.edu

Dr. Nel C. Martinez PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Mexican Americans and T2DM
    • MA Elders & Diabetes: Glucose Control Associated w/Neurocognitive Status
    • Instrumentation & Psychometrics
    • Cross Cultural Language Translation Methodology
  • Education

    • PhD, Nursing, The Ohio State University, 1992
    • MS, Wright State University, 1982
    • BSN, Nursing, Wright State University, 1978




Selected Publications


  • Nelda Martinez and Valmi Sousa. "Martinez, N. C. and Sousa, V. D. Cross-cultural validation and psychometric evaluation of the Spanish Brief Religious Coping Scale (S-BRCS)," Journal of Transcultural Nursing 22, no. 3 (2011): 248-256.

  • Nelda Martinez. Martinez, N.C. Spanish language readability level of The Diabetes Patient Foot Care Knowledge Test. Diabetes, 56, no. Suppl1 2007: A618.

  • Nelda Martinez and Julia Bader. "Martinez, N.C., & Bader, J. O. Analysis of BRFSS Data to Assess the Health of Hispanic Americans with Diabetes In El Paso County, Texas," The Diabetes Educator 33, no. 4 (2007): 361-369.

  • Nelda Martinez and Sousa Valmi. "Sousa, V. D., & Martinez, N. C. The diabetes educator online: Letter to the editor," The Diabetes Educator 32, no. 3 (2006): 353.

  • Nelda Martinez and Toni Tripp-Reimer. "Martinez, N.C., & Tripp-Reimer, T. Diabetes nurse educators’ prioritized elder foot care behaviors. ," The Diabetes Educator 31, no. 6 (2005): 858-867.

  • Nelda Martinez. Martinez, N.C. Understanding the Basic Research Process. Continuing Education Training Manual, Research Core Course, Advanced Studies Institute for Diabetes Educators. Chicago, Illinois: American Association of Diabetes Educators.. 1999.

  • Nelda Martinez. Martinez, N.C., Garvin, B. Cross-cultural aspects of physician - patient communication patterns. Diabetes Spectrum,. 1999: 251-252.

  • Nelda Martinez. "'Need for Minorities in Professional Nursing: The Role of Parents.'," January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1998.

  • Nelda Martinez. "Martinez, N.C. Mexican Americans and NIDDM: Preliminary results of spirituality in relation to enactment of diabetes self-care," June 1997.

  • Nelda Martinez. "Martinez, N.C. Development of the Diabetes Patient Foot Care Knowledge Test for Elderly People with Diabetes, Diabetes, 46, 133A.," (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1997).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Maria Amaya. “Mediating Factors and Cytokine Pathways in Mexican American Sibling Pairs: Pilot, NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), $149,963.00 (2008 - 2010)

  • Nelda Martinez. “Analysis of BRFSS Data to Assess the Health of Hispanic Americans with Diabetes in El , Paso del Norte Foundation and Center for Border Health, $5,000.00 (2007 - 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. “A Pilot Study to Explore the Presence of Apolipoprotein E Polymorphisms , The University of Texas at El Paso Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, $40,000.00 (2005 - 2007)

  • Nelda Martinez. “Role of Predictive Genetic Testing for Prevention or Management , The University of Texas El Paso Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, $40,000.00 (2005 - 2007)

  • Nelda Martinez. “Spanish Language Translation of the Religious Coping, The University of Texas at El Paso Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, $40,000.00 (2005 - 2007)

  • Nelda Martinez. “Adapting Instruments for Hispanic Diabetes Outcomes.” , NIH National Institute of Nursing Research RO3, $148,999.00 (2004 - 2007)

  • Nelda Martinez. “Hispanic Americans and Type 2 Diabetes: Coping with Chronic Illness.” , NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (T32) Postdoctoral Fellowship, (2002 - 2004)



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Amaya, Nicholas Pingitore, Nelda Martinez, Alma Ruiz-Payan, Esther Erdei, Orrin Myers, C Garner, K White , and M Berwick. "Cytokine Markers of Asthma and Inflammation in Association with Air Pollution," Keystone Symposia of the Biology of Cytokines, Keystone Symposia of the Biology of Cytokines, Keystone CO (February 2012)

  • Nelda Martinez. "The Genetic Complexity of Common Diseases: From Laboratory to Clinic," Genetic Conference, “An Introduction to Human Genetics: Relevance to Clinical Practice”, Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine, El Paso, Texas (August 2009)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease among Mexican Americans," Conference on Alzheimers: Urgency and Hope, Alzheimer's Association/Texas Tech University Medical School, El Paso, TX (February 2009)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Psychometric Analysis of the Spanish Diabetes Knowledge Test for Mexican Americans," Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, SNRS, Baltimore, MD (February 2009)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Reliability and Validity of the Spanish Translated Diabetes Patient Foot Care Knowledge Test (S-DPFCKT). ," U.S./Mexico Health Research Symposium, HHDRC, El Paso, TX (September 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Reliability and Validity of the Spanish Brief Religious Coping Scale (S-BRCS) for Mexican Americans with Diabetes," 4th National Conference “Creating Research Careers: Setting the Bar High – Aiming for Excellence”, , National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, San Diego, CA (March 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Program Evaluation Using AACN/EBI Nursing Assessment Data," AACN Spring Annual Meeting, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC (March 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. ". Psychometric Analysis of the Spanish Language Diabetes Patient Foot Care Knowledge Test.," Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Annual Conference, SNRS, Birmingham, AL (February 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. "Spanish Diabetes Foot Care Knowledge Test: Reviewer’s Inter-rater Agreement, ," 50th Anniversary Research Conference “Celebrating Excellence in Nursing Science”,, The University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tuscon, AZ (January 2008)

  • Nelda Martinez. "“The Reliability and Validity of Spanish Instruments for Assessment of Diabetes Patient Knowledge and Cognitive Functional Status” ," 19th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), ISONG, New Orlean, LA (October 2006)

Previous Courses