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Martinez, Jr., Robert R

Assistant Professor

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"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them…the people who give you their food give you their heart."

– Cesar Chavez


My work, at the intersection of school, college, and clinical mental health counseling, has helped me understand the systemic barriers students can face on a daily basis. Preparing school counselors to support all students, but especially students of color, as they prepare, access, afford, and transition into postsecondary education, and earn a degree, is at the heart of my work.

My work in diverse school and community settings has allowed me to understand the unique requirements needed to be a successful school counselor. Training school counselors to understand the developmental and clinical needs of diverse communities is a great place to start. The sooner school counselors connect how community, school, and college systems can support or marginalize students of color, the sooner they will be able to advocate for change within those systems. It’s important to train graduate students to understand the cultural, historical, social, and contextual needs of diverse communities, so they are empowered to serve them.

Faculty that train school counselors are in a unique position to educate them on what shapes human interaction within different social settings, and connected systems and structures of power. School counselors need to become skilled at analyzing social problems, of any category, through a lens of discovery and constructivism, to emphasize relationship building. Today, we should expect our counselors to be aware of school/community and student issues, maintain and involve a collaborative network of stakeholders, and intervene at various levels to promote justice, equity, and access for all.

Beyond my teaching and research activities, I served as the Assistant Director of NC State’s Educational Talent Search program, District School Counselor with LAUSD, MAT Clinician, and Family Facilitator Supervisor for Wraparound Services throughout Los Angeles, CA.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2015 - North Carolina State University - Counselor Education & Supervision
  • M.S. 2006 - California State University - Counseling
  • B.A. 2002 - Whittier College - Psychology

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Ph.D. in School Psychology

Research Interests

  • Promoting Career and College Readiness Assessment and Intervention with Latin@ students
  • Social Justice
  • High School Counselor Development and Supervision

Teaching Areas

  • School Counseling Career and College Readiness
  • Supervision


  • EDUC 532: Introduction to development and learning in adolescence

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • North Carolina Counseling Association
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American School Counseling Association
  • North Carolina School Counselors Association
  • National Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
  • American Educational Research Association

Public Service

  • NC School Counseling Strategic Leadership Team - Team Leader, (2016 – present)
  • Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) -Program Reviewer, 2016 WACES Conference (2016 – present)
  • Editorial board member, Journal of College Counseling (2015 – present)
  • University Service (NC State University)
  • Hiring committee chair, NC State Summer START Director (Spring 2015)

    Committee member, “University College” (Fall/Spring 2014-2015)

    Search member, Associate Dean for Research (2015)

    Reviewer, Chancellor Leadership Scholarship (2012 – 2015)

    Committee member, Underrepresented Minorities (2012-2015)

    Co-chair, Hispanic Latino/a Advisory Group (2011 – 2015)

    Reviewer, Pack Promise Scholarship (2011 – 2015)

  • School of Education Service (UNC-Greensboro)
  • Member, Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (2015 – present)

  • Council member, Wake County Council on Fitness and Health (2012 – 2014)

Honors and Awards

  • Junior Faculty Development Award
  • C. Felix Harvey Award
  • Thrive @ Carolina Grant
  • The Tilghman Family Foundation Fund

Selected Publications

Martinez, R. R., Baker, S., & Young, T. (2017). Promoting career and college readiness aspirations and self-efficacy. Career Development Quarterly, 65(2), 173 – 188. doi: 10.1002/cdq.12090

Martinez, R. R., Dye, C, & Gonzalez, L. M. (2017). A constructivist approach to preparing school counselors to work effectively in urban schools. The Urban Review, 49(4), 1 -18.

Baker, S., Foxx, S., Akcan, P., Gavin, R., Ashraf, A., & Martinez, R. R. (2017). Psychometric properties of the career and college readiness self-efficacy inventory. ACA VISTAS, 31, 1 – 13.

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