Silvia Martinez, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Martinez is the Graduate Program Director of the department. She has over 40 years of experience working with inner city populations and immigrants in diverse settings addressing bilingualism, speech and language disorders, and special education. Her mission includes reducing education and health disparities. Her website contains English and Spanish health materials for low literate populations. Dr. Martinez has done international capacity building and was technical consultant to the first Honduran phonoaudiology program. She travels internationally to train professionals about literacy and literacy problems, autism, health education, research methods and other areas.
Prior to joining Howard University, Dr. Martinez taught at George Washington University, and was adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lesley College, and Boston University. At Northeastern University, apart from supervising and teaching, she coordinated a bilingual grant. She was also faculty at Roxbury Community College where she served as Interim Chair for two years. Dr. Martinez was the Director of Multicultural Practices and Education at American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Some of her leadership roles include consultant to the ASHA and the Pan-American Health Organization on capacity building, ASHA Convention Coordinator for Multicultural Sessions, member of the ASHA Coordinating Committee of the International Interest Group, member of the ASHA Honors Committee, and Multicultural Consultant to the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She has also served as a member of the National Black Association Executive Board, Convention Coordinator for the DC Speech Language and Hearing Association, and Vice President of the ASHA Latino Caucus. Her professional contributions in the profession have been recognized by local and national professional organizations. Some awards received include: Fellow (ASHA), Certificate of Contributions in Multicultural Issues (ASHA), Recognition to Contributions in International Consultant (ASHA), Certification of Appreciation for Contribution in Multicultural Affairs (ASHA, SIG14), and the Excellence in Diversity Award (Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders). As an educator she has been recognized by the Howard University Faculty Senate (Exemplary Mentorship Award), the DC Speech Language and Hearing Association (Outstanding Professor), the National Black Association for Speech Language and Hearing (Scholar-Mentor Award), and the Howard University School of Communications (Outstanding Professor Award).
Apart from her professional service, Dr. Martinez is involved in community service at different levels. She participates with community agencies by offering education to community members and serves as consultant to agencies and individual professionals. She was appointed by the major to the DC Commission of Persons with Disabilities. She is also involved in politics and has been an DC elected official to the DC Democratic State Committee for many years. Presently, she has been elected to serve as the DC National Democratic Committee Woman. She was also the President of the DC Latino Caucus.
Dr. Martinez’s research interests are Spanish phonology and language development, Spanish dialectology, health literacy, health education technology for low literate populations, and non-discriminatory assessment.
Creative and Published Works
Martinez, S., Falana, F., & Elie, M. (2018). Learning Styles of Students of Communication Sciences and Disorders. eHearsay, Journal of the Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association, 8(1), 17-27
Martinez, S., Rosa-Lugo, L., Waterston, L., Weddington, G. & Vazquez, A. (2018). Forging International Collaborations for Sustainable Projects: The ASHA/PAHO Project. eHearsay, Journal of the Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association, 8(1), 4-11
Martinez, S., (2017). Using Talking Photonovelas for Education about Stroke: A Data-Driven Tutorial and Demonstration. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing, 12(2), 20-37.
Martinez, S. (2016) Health Literacy and Literacy as Determinants to Health Status: Issues and Strategies for Clinicians, invited article in Health Disparities Special Edition, ECHO, 11(2), 68-83.
Rosa-Lugo, L., Martinez, S., Weddington, G., & Waterston, L. (2015). ASHA-PAHO Collaboration: Addressing Communication Disorders across Three Countries, SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, 5, 56-66.
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