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Silvia S. Martins, MD

Associate Professor

- Adjunct

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Mental Health

Contact Information

722 W. 168th Street
Room 509
New York , New York   10032
US        

212-305-2848
410-955-9088

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Education

MD , Federal University of Paraná , 1998
PhD , University of São Paulo , 2003

Overview

My current research focuses on the epidemiology of substance use, abuse and dependence, as well as on environmental, psychiatric  and individual factors associated with substance use disorders in the US general population, with a particular focus on adolescents, young adults, and minorities. I am also interested in childhood risk factors for problem and pathological gambling. I am a faculty member of the Drug Dependence Epidemiology group at the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and I work closely with researchers from several disciplines including epidemiology, public health, mental health, psychiatry, psychology, addiction psychiatry, substance abuse health economics, statistics and survey methodology. My research includes NIDA-NIH funded studies to investigate trends in nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder in the U.S. populations well as their association with psychiatric disorders and the investigation of factors associated with nonmedical prescription drug use, abuse and dependence among adolescents in the U.S. I am also a Co-Investigator in a NIDA-NIH funded study to evaluate the economic aspects of ecstasy use in the general population. In a separate line of research, I am a PI on a NICHD-NIH funded study to investigate childhood predictors of young adult gambling and gambling problems in African-Americans in Baltimore, using data collected in the JHU-PRC Cohort 3 study. See:http://magazine.jhsph.edu/2011/fall/news_briefs/

I have applied Biostatistics methods (such as Survival Analysis- Cox proportional hazard models with time-dependent covariates, Generalized Estimating Equations, Latent Class Analysis and Growth Mixture models) to address my research interests. Besides working with my Hopkins colleagues I also collaborate with researchers from other institutions such as Michigan State University, Columbia University, University of São Paulo, Brazil and Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. 

Honors and Awards

Predoctoral Research Fellowship- FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Foundation, Brazil), 2001-2003 Postdoctoral Overseas Research Fellowship- CNPq (National Council of Research, Brazil), 2004-2005 American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators Award, May 2, 2004 Incentive grant for Young investigators Award- Institute for Research on Pathological gambling and related disorders, Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School, 2004-2005 American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators Award,May 20, 2006 Elected Associate Member, The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, August 01 2006. NIDA Women and Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award, 2007 Member- The College on Problems of Drug Dependence Under-represented Minority Committee- 2008-2012

1RO3 DA020923 Martins (PI) 09/30/05 – 06/30/08 PREDICTORS OF ADOLESCENT ECSTASY USE IN THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF PARENTS AND YOUTH

1 Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre grant Martins (PI) 03/31/07- 03/30/08 SUBTYPING GAMBLING BEHAVIORS IN THE CANADIAN GENERAL POPULATION

1 R21 DA020667 Martins (PI) 05/15/07– 04/30/11 TRENDS IN PROBLEMS RELATED TO EXTRAMEDICAL USE OF ANALGESICS

1 RO3 DA023434 Martins (PI) 09/01/08 – 06/30/12 TRENDS IN NONMEDICAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE AND ABUSE/DEPENDENCE AMONG ADOLESCENTS

1 RO1 HD060072 Martins (PI) 03/01/09 – 02/28/13 PREDICTORS OF PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUNG ADULTS

epidemiology of drug use, epidemiology of nonmedical prescription drug use; nonmedical prescription opioid use; epidemiology of club drugs, substance use disorders, pathological gambling, problem gambling, epidemiology of gambling disorders in adolescence.

  • Journal Articles (signifies peer review) last 20 Articles Published or In Press

  • Sanchez ZM*, Martins SS, Opaleye ES, Moura YG, Locatelli DP, Noto AR. Leisure activities, family and religiosity associated with binge drinking among private high school students. BMC Public Health, 2011;11(1):201.

  • *Author is student who worked on this paper under my guidance

  • Lee SY*, Martins SS, Keyes KM, Lee HB. Prevalence of Mental Health Service Utilizations among Asians with DSM-IV Mental Disorders in the United States. Psychiatric Services, in press.

  • *Author is student who worked on this paper under my guidance