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Meet Dr. Art Martinez

Board Member

Dr. Art Martinez


Dr. Art Martinez is a member of the Chumash tribe, and a clinical psychologist. Dr. Art Martinez share a unique melding of cultural and clinical experiences. Dr. Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University where he also received a specialized credential in Native American Studies. He holds of Master’s in Humanistic Psychology from California State university, Sonoma, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from International University. Dr. Martinez has served as an expert witness in more than 3500 cases which served most all superior courts within California and in over 30 other state courts, US federal district courts and tribal court jurisdictions. Dr. Art served as the clinical psychologist and Head of Service of several tribal mental health programs. In 2018 Art became the Co-Director of the Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Center entitled the Center for Native Child and Family Resilience. In 2015 Dr. Art joined the Children’s Bureau established Center for Capacity Building for Tribes as the Senior Services Advisor for Tribal Capacity Building in a continuation of service to tribal communities. In the past he served as the executive and clinical director of The Child and Family Institute, one of the principal Mental Health contractors for Sacramento County Child Protective and Children’s Mental Health Services.

Dr. Art previously founded and directed the Washoe Family Trauma Healing Center in Gardnerville, Nevada. This center served as the primary provider of mental health and child assessments for dependency matters for Tribal court jurisdictions in the State of Nevada. Dr. Art served as a trainer and consultant in culturally competent evaluation and program development. In that commitment, he served as a technical expert groups for the three centers of SAMHSA. In 1999 Art was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human services to the National Advisory Council for SAMHSA and the Center for Mental Health Services. His doctoral research and dissertation focused upon the use of traditional Native American health approaches within clinical interventions with Native American families. Dr. Art’s master’s thesis specifically addressed the salient issues of Indian Child Welfare in America. Over the past thirty-five years Dr. Art has worked for tribal governments and organizations in the development and provision of services to children and families. He has taught over 50 courses and seminars involving the dynamics of Children’s mental health, substance abuse and Mental Health issues in Native communities. Dr. Art was the past Director of the department of Marriage, Child and Family therapy at the San Diego Campus of Alliant University as well as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services for UC Merced. He serves as a nationally known consultant in issues involving Trauma Informed Care, Native American specific service planning, Native American Family Dynamics, Indian Child Welfare, Native American Child Development, and Native American Traditional values and health interventions.

Dr. Martinez has served as a licensed psychologist in both California and Nevada. He also has been awarded the following post licensure credentials:

  • Diplomat; American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Certified Addiction Specialist: Certified in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive Substance use disorders; American Psychological Association, College of Professional Psychology
  • Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress; B.C.E.T.S. American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Board Certified Expert in Forensic Traumatology; B.C.F.T.; American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Board Certified Expert in Sexual Abuse Treatment; B.C.E.S.B.; American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress