Larry Martinez

Associate Professor, Associate Chair

Note: Dr. Martinez will not be recruiting graduate students for the Fall 2022 cohort.


Dr. Larry Martinez is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Portland State in 2016, he taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management as an assistant professor at Penn State's School of Hospitality Management for four years. Dr. Martinez earned his PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Rice University in 2012. He also earned a BA in psychology and an MA in I/O Psychology at Rice. 

Dr. Martinez's work is focused on inclusion, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in the workplace. In particular, his work has focused on the experiences of traditionally under-represented employees including cancer survivors, transgender individuals, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation minorities. Dr. Martinez uses multiple methodologies to examine these experiences including surveys; lab and field experiments; meta-analyses; and interviews, focus groups, and other qualitative techniques. Dr. Martinez's work has evolved to focus on engaging non-stigmatized "ally" employees in diversity initiatives. 

Dr. Martinez's work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and several other journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Psychology, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and Journal of Homosexuality. He has served on SIOP's LGBT Committee and served as chair of this committee from 2013 - 2015. He served as guest editor for a special issue in the Journal of Vocational Behavior focused on the experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity minority employees in 2017 and received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2020 to further his work on allyship.

Dr. Martinez is devoted to community-engaged and participatory research practices. He serves on multiple boards and community groups in Portland and is devoted to conducting science that furthers the goals of multiple stakeholders.