Connor D. Martz, headshot
Connor D. Martz,
Ph.D. Student, HDFS

Phone : 334-844-3285


M.S. Auburn Univeristy, Human Development and Family Studies, 2018
B.S. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Community and Nonprofit Leadership, Global and Public Health, 2016

Research interests
• Health inequalities and the interplay between multiple levels of disease risk throughout the life course
• Social determinants of health
• Stress physiology and biomarkers
• Racism, racial segregation, and racial discrimination

Chae DH, Kramer MR, Martz CD, Hatzenbuehler ML, Cooper HLF, Turpin R, Stephens-Davidowitz S, & Clouston S. Area racism and birth outcomes among Blacks in the United States. Social Science and Medicine. February 2018.

Conference Presentations:

Martz CD, Fuller-Rowell TE, Nuru-Jeter AM, Spears EC, Hunter EA, Lim SS, Drenkard C, Chae DH. Direct and indirect racism among African American women with lupus. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the APA Division 45 Research Conference, Austin, TX (July 2018)

Martz CD, Fuller-Rowell TE, Nuru-Jeter AM, Spears EC, Hunter EA, Lim SS, Drenkard C, Chae DH. Vicarious racism stress exposure and disease activity among African American women with systemic lupus erythematosus: The Black Women’s Experiences living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. (November 2018)

Research projects
Research Assistant, The Black Women’s Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study
Student Affiliate, Society, Health, and Racial Equity Lab (SHARE)

Second Place, HDFS Three Minute Thesis, College of Human Sciences Graduate Research Symposium
Fun Facts
Favorite books?
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Outliers and The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

Favorite quotes/sayings? “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hobbies/hidden talents? When not doing research, I can be found cooking and eating food!