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Cecilia Martinez-Torteya

  • cmart121@depaul.edu
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
  • ​​​PhD​       ​​
  • Psychology
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  • (773) 325-4148
  • ​​​Byrne Hall, Room 505       
​​Education
MA, Michigan State University, 2007
PhD, Michigan State University, 2011
Clinical Child Psychology Internship, Children's Memorial Hospital/Northwestern Medical School, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2012
 
Major Areas of Interest
  • Prenatal and early childhood trauma exposure: multi-level (biopsychosocial) influences that promote healthy adaptation or increase risk for psychopathology after early traumatic exposure, including child HPA axis reactivity and emotion regulation, maternal mental health problems, and parenting.
  • Early mother-child relationship (attachment)
  • Latino infant mental health
Current Research Projects

Baby BOND Study
  • Goal: To evaluate the effects of traumatic stress exposure during pregnancy on infant attachment, emotion regulation, and stress reactivity.
  • Procedures: In-person assessment with mother-infant dyads. Includes coding of parenting and infant behavior during free-play, coding of attachment quality and emotion regulation during the Strange Situation Task, and maternal report on questionnaires about traumatic stress, partner violence, infant temperament, parenting, depression and PTSD symptoms, and resilience factors. Saliva is collected before and after challenge to determine infant cortisol levels. The study has enrolled about 70 mother-infant dyads and data collection is ongoing until 12/1/15.
  • Graduate student roles: project coordination, leading data collection interviews, coding interactive tasks, data analysis and manuscript preparation.
Stress, Parenting, and Child Development – Preschool Study
  • Goal: To evaluate the effects of traumatic stress exposure during early childhood on emotion and physiological stress regulation, classroom functioning, and psychopathology among low-income Latino preschoolers.
  • Procedures: Recruitment at three Head Start centers in the west and south neighborhoods of Chicago. Interested caregivers complete questionnaires sent to their home, assessing their psychosocial functioning, parenting style, acculturation stress, and traumatic history. They also rate their children’s functioning and psychopathology, as well as child traumatic stress exposure. Caregiver and child complete two in-person assessments at their preschool. Assessments include interactive tasks (dyadic and child-alone) to evaluate child behavior, affective reactions to fear and frustration-inducing stimuli, delay of gratification, effortful control, attention to emotional stimuli, and emotion knowledge. All materials are available in English and Spanish. Saliva is collected before and after challenge to determine infant cortisol levels. The study has enrolled about 50 families to date and data collection is ongoing.
  • Graduate student roles: project coordination, leading data collection interviews, coding interactive tasks, data analysis and manuscript preparation.
** DePaul University does not have a strict mentor model and students are admitted based on their fit with the goals and objectives of the clinical program. However, I am not reviewing applications during the 2016-2017 admissions season.

Representative Sample of Publications
C., Martinez-Torteya, L. E., Miller-Graff, & K. H., Howell (in press). Brief Report: Profiles of Adaptation among Child Victims of Suspected Maltreatment: Assessing Dimensions of Functioning and Contextual Protection using a Multi-informant Approach. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

L. E., Miller-Graff, K. H., Howell, & C., Martinez-Torteya (in press). Typologies of childhood exposure to violence: associations with college student mental health. Journal of American College Health.

E. W., McGinnis, N. Lopez-Duran, C. Martinez-Torteya, Abelson, J. L., Muzik, M. (2015). Cortisol awakening response and internalizing symptoms across childhood: Exploring the role of age and externalizing symptoms. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 1-7.

Martinez‐Torteya, C., Muzik, M., McGinnis, E. W., Rosenblum, K. L., Bocknek, E. L., Beeghly, M., ... & Abelson, J. L. (2015). Longitudinal examination of infant baseline and reactivity cortisol from ages 7 to 16 months. Developmental psychobiology, 57(3), 356-364.

Martinez-Torteya, C., Bogat, G. A., Levendosky, A. A., & von Eye, A. (2015). The influence of prenatal intimate partner violence exposure on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity and childhood internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Development and psychopathology, 1-18.

Martinez-Torteya, C., Dayton, C. J., Beeghly, M., Seng, J. S., McGinnis, E., Broderick, A., ... & Muzik, M. (2014). Maternal parenting predicts infant biobehavioral regulation among women with a history of childhood maltreatment. Development and psychopathology, 26(02), 379-392.

Levendosky A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Martinez-Torteya, C. (2013). PTSD symptoms in young children exposed to intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 19, 187-201.

Bogat, G. A. & Martinez-Torteya, C. (2010). Child sexual abuse education: Developmental and practical issues. In M. Paludi & F. Denmark (Eds.), Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resources and responses for individuals and families. vol. 2: Cultural, community, educational and advocacy responses (pp. 121-165). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Goth-Owens, T. L., Martinez-Torteya, C., Martel, M. M., & Nigg, J. T. (2010). Processing speed weaknesses in children and adolescents with non-hyperactive but inattentive ADHD (ADD). Child Neuropsychology, 16, 577-591.

Martel, M. M., Goth-Owens, T., Martinez-Torteya, C., & Nigg, J. T. (2010). A person-centered personality approach to heterogeneity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 186-196.

Martinez-Torteya, C., Bogat, G. A., von Eye, A., & Levendosky, A. A. (2009). Resilience among children exposed to domestic violence: the role of protective and vulnerability factors. Child Development, 562-577.

Martinez-Torteya, C., Bogat, G. A., von Eye, A., Levendosky, A. A., & Davidson II, W. S. (2009). Women’s appraisals of intimate partner violence stressfulness and their relationship to depressive and PTSD symptoms. Violence and Victims, 24, 707-722. ​​​​​​​​​​
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