Dr. Rebecca S. Martínez started her tenure as director of the IRCA in the Fall of 2023. She has worked in various professional positions, including bilingual classroom teacher, school psychologist, school psychology trainer, tenured professor, director of clinical training, and licensed psychologist. Martínez is bilingual and bicultural.
Martínez holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, a master’s degree in Program Evaluation, and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Martínez's mission as director of the IRCA includes fostering meaningful professional relationships with stakeholders in Indiana and across the country, building a robust program of research and funding, closing the research-to-practice gap in autism research, and training counselors and psychologists to serve neurodivergent people and their families.
- Psychological wellness in women and girls who are high functioning and autistic
- Racial and social justice in mental health practice
- Martinez, R.S. (2022). Becoming Culturally Responsive: Diversity and Multicultural Issues in School Psychology (pp. 68-83). In K. W. Merrell, R. A Ervin, G. G. Peacock, & T. L. Renshaw (Eds.). School Psychology for the 21st Century: Third Edition Foundations and Practices. New York: Guilford.
- Ng, J., Martinez, R., & Martinez, S. (2020). Focus on Faculty: A Missing Link in Community-University Partnerships. Journal of Psychological and Educational Consultation, 31:1, 99-109, DOI: 10.1080/10474412.2020.1726765
- Ng, J., Stull, D.S., & Martínez, R.S. (2019). What if only what can be counted will count? A critical examination of making educational practice “scientific.” Teachers College Record, 121(1), 1-26.
- Martínez, R. S. & Nellis (2019). Learning difficulties and disorders in youth: Diagnosis, Identification, and Intervention. In Maddux, J. & Winstead, B. (Eds.) Psychopathology: Foundations for a Contemporary Understanding (5thEd.). New York, NY: Routledge.
- Albers, C.A., & Martínez, R. S. (2015). Promoting Academic Success with English Language Learners: Best Practices for RTI. Guilford Publications: New York, NY.
Awards and Honors
- 2022 Coach Excellence Award, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity