Molly A. Martin, MD, MAPP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Molly Martin is a practicing pediatrician and faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine. An IHRP Fellow, she conducts health disparities research through the Institute for Health Research and Policy, where she is a Fellow. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago.

She was selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she obtained formal research training and a master's of arts degree in public policy. She spent nine years conducting community-based participatory research at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Section of Social and Community Medicine. In February of 2014, Dr. Martin moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Martin's research focuses on community models to improve health, specifically the community health worker model. She is particularly interested in Latino health, asthma and obesity in children. Dr. Martin has been the principal investigator on several NIH-funded projects, the most recent of which explores interventions for children with both asthma and obesity. She is a current investigator on the CHICAGO Trial (Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes), a PCORI-funded initiative targeting pediatric asthma, and on the MATCH 2 Trial (Multi-clinic Action Trial to Control Hyperglycemia and Hypertension), which tests a community health worker intervention for diabetes control. She also serves as medical director for the Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids, or CHECK project, funded with a large Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Health Care Innovations Award.

Dr. Martin serves on the Executive Committee for Community Health Workers Section of the American Public Health Association and on the Board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. In November 2014, she was appointed to serve on the State of Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board, which was convened to develop community health worker workforce requirements in Illinois.

As a complement to her research, Dr. Martin sees patients in the Mile Square Health Center and participates in resident and student education.    

Research Interests

Dr. Martin is interested in community health worker training and intervention testing, specifically in the areas of pediatric asthma and pediatric obesity. She works mainly with Medicaid-insured populations in Chicago. She also has methodology interests, which include the application of community-based participatory research approaches to behavioral intervention development and randomized controlled trials.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For a more detailed list of publications by Dr. Molly Martin, see this edited list on PubMed. 

Avenetti D, Lee HH, Pugach O, Rosales G, Sandoval A, Martin M. Tooth Brushing Behaviors and Fluoridated Toothpaste Use Among Children Younger Than Three Years Old in Chicago. J Dent Child (Chic). 2020 Jan 15;87(1):31-38.

Weinstein SM, Pugach O, Rosales G, Mosnaim GS, Walton SM, Martin MA. Family chaos and asthma control. Pediatr. July 2019, e20182758; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-2758

Suku S, Soni J, Martin MA, et al. A multivariable analysis of childhood psychosocial behaviour and household functionality. Child Care Health Dev. 2019 Jul;45(4):551-558. doi: 10.1111/cch.12665.

Martin MA, Collazo GR, Frese WA, Glassgow AE. Oral Health Problems and Solutions in High-Risk Children and Young Adults. J Dent Child (Chic). 2018;85(3):125–132. 

Mosnaim GS, Weinstein SM, Pugach O, et al. Design and baseline characteristics of a low-income urban cohort of children with asthma: The Asthma Action at Erie Trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019;79:55–65. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2019.02.006.

Martin MA, Lee HH, Landa J, Minier M, Avenetti D, Sandoval A. Formative research implications on design of a randomized controlled trial for oral health promotion in children. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2018;4:155. Published 2018 Oct 4. doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0344-y.

Martin MA, Kapheim MG, Erwin K, et al. Childhood Asthma Disparities in Chicago: Developing Approaches to Health Inequities. Fam Community Health. 2018;41(3):135–145. doi:10.1097/FCH.0000000000000187.

Martin MA, Perry-Bell K, Minier M, Glassgow AE, Van Voorhees BW. A Real-World Community Health Worker Care Coordination Model for High-Risk Children. Health Promot Pract. 2019;20(3):409–418. doi:10.1177/1524839918764893.

Glassgow AE, Martin MA, Caskey R, et al. An innovative health-care delivery model for children with medical complexity. J Child Health Care. 2017;21(3):263–272. doi:10.1177/1367493517712063.

Martin MA, Press VG, Erwin K, et al. Engaging end-users in intervention research study design. J Asthma. 2018;55(5):483–491. doi:10.1080/02770903.2017.1342256.

Krishnan JA, Martin MA, Lohff C, et al. Design of a pragmatic trial in minority children presenting to the emergency department with uncontrolled asthma: The CHICAGO Plan. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017;57:10–22. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2017.03.015.

Martin MA, Press VG, Nyenhuis SM, Krishnan JA, Erwin K, Mosnaim G, Margeilos-Anast H, Paik SM, Ignoffo S, McDermott M; Chicago Plan Consortium. Care transition interventions for children with asthma in the emergency department. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 Dec;138(6)1518-1525. [See abstract.]

Pappalardo AA, Karavolos K, Martin MA. What Really Happens in the Home: The Medication Environment of Urban, Minority Youth. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print]. [See abstract.]

Martin MA, Rothschild SK, Lynch E, Christoffel KK, Pagán MM, Rodriguez JL, Barnes A, Karavolos K, Diaz A, Hoffman LM, Plata D, Villalpando S. Addressing asthma and obesity in children with community health workers: proof-of-concept intervention development. BMC Pediatr. 2016 Dec 1;16(1):198. [See abstract.]

Martin MA, Floyd EC, Nixon SK, Villalpando S, Shalowitz M, Lynch E. Asthma in Children With Cormorbid Obesity: Intervention Development in a High-Risk Urban Community. Health Promot Pract. 2016 Nov;17(6):880-890. [See abstract.]

Appelhans BM, Martin MA, Guzman M, Olinger T, Pleasant A, Cabe J, Powell LH. Development and Validation of a Technology-Based System for Tracking and Reporting Dietary Intake at School Meals. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Oct 15. pii: S1499-4046(16)30793-X [See abstract.]

Hohl SD, Thompson B, Krok-Schoen JL, Weier RC, Martin M, Bone L, McCarthy WJ, Noel SE, Garcia B, Calderón NE, Paskett ED. Characterizing Community Health Workers on Research Teams: Results From the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. Am J Public Health. 2016 Apr;106(4):664-70. [See abstract.]

Martin MA, Mosnaim GS, Olson D, Swider S, Karavolos K, Rothschild S. Results from a community-based trial testing a community health worker asthma intervention in Puerto Rican youth in Chicago. J Asthma. 2015 Feb;52(1):59-70. [See abstract.]

Rothschild SK, Martin MA, Swider SM, Tumialán Lynas CM, Janssen I, Avery EF, et al. Mexican American trial of community health workers: a randomized controlled trial of a community health worker intervention for Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):1540-1548. [See abstract.]

Mosnaim GS, Li H, Martin M, Richardson D, Belice PJ, Avery E, et al. The impact of peer support and mp3 messaging on adherence to inhaled corticosteroids in minority adolescents with asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013;1:485-93. [See abstract.]

Jones CC, Becker EA, Catrambone CD, Martin MA. A guideline-based approach to asthma management. Nurs Clin North Am. 2013;48(1):35-45.[See abstract.]

Martin MA, Thomas AM, Mosnaim GS, Greve M, Swider SM, Rothschild SK. Home asthma triggers: barriers to asthma control in Chicago Puerto Rican children. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(2):813-27.[See abstract.]