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Martin, Shadi Sahami, PhD


Associate Professor,


Areas of interest and expertise:

Health disparities among immigrants and minority populations, cancer, gerontology and qualitative research

Phone:  (205) 348-5272


Parker, M.W., Dunn, L.L., MacCall, S.L., Goetz, J., Park, N., Li, A.X., Sims, S., Harrell, R., Lee, H., Grant, E., Spencer, C., Martin, S.S., Khalifa, D.A., & Koenig, H.G. (2013). Helping to create an age-friendly city: A town & gown community engagement project. Social Work & Christianity, 40(4), 422-445.

Martin, S. (2012). Exploring discrimination in American health care system: Perceptions/Experiences of older Iranian immigrants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology: 27 (3), 291-304.

Martin, S. (2012). Patients’ right to not know: Exploring the attitudes of older Iranian immigrants about medical disclosure of terminal illness.  International Journal of Gerontology, 26 (1), 94-117.

Martin, S., Kosberg, J., Sun, F., Goodman, K. (2012).  Social work profession in an aging world: Opportunities and perspectives.  Educational Gerontology, 38, 166-178. 

Arriaza, P., Martin, S., Csikai, E. (2011).  An assessment of hospice bereavement programs for Hispanics. Journal of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care 7(2-3), 121-138.

Martin, S., Peterson, J., Trask, J., Peterson, T., Martin, B., Baldwin, J., Knapp, M. S. (2010).  Exploring culture and discrimination as possible factors contributing to health disparities among elderly African Americans in Alabama.  Journal of Social Work in Public Health (incorporating Journal of Health & Social Policy). 25(3 & 4), 311-326.

Csikai, E., Martin, S. (2010).  Bereaved hospice caregivers’ views of the transition to Hospice. Journal of Social Work in Health Care, 49(5), 387-400.

Park, N., Jennings, L., Shin, H., Martin, S., & Roff, L. (2010). Religiousness and social integration in assisted living. Journal of Aging Studies, 22(4), 1-16.

Martin, S.S., Trask, J., Peterson, T., Martin, B.C., Baldwin, J., & Knapp, M. (2010). Influence of culture and discrimination on care-seeking behavior of elderly African Americans: A qualitative study. Social Work in Public Health, 25, 311-326.

Church, W.T., MacNeil, G., Martin, S.S., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2009). What do you mean my child is in custody? A qualitative study of parental response to the detention of their child. Journal of Family Social Work, 12(1), 9-24.

Martin, S.S. (2009). Healthcare-seeking behaviors of older Iranian immigrants: Health perceptions and definitions. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 6, 58-78.

Martin, S.S. (2009). Illness of the heart vs. illness of the mind: The influences of culture on mental health care seeking behaviors of older Iranian immigrants. Journal of Health and Social Work, 34(2), 117-126.

Roff, L.L., Martin, S. S., Jennings, L.K., Parker, M.W., & Harmon, D.K. (2007). Long distance parental caregivers’ experiences with siblings: A qualitative study. Qualitative Social Work Research and Practice, 6(3), 315-334.

Ellington, L., Wahab, S., Martin, S. S., Field, R., & Mooney, K. (2006).  Factors that influence Spanish and English-speaking participants’ decision to enroll in cancer randomized clinical trails. Psycho-Oncology, 15, 273-284.

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