APA Public Interest Directorate welcomes new leadership in the Office of AIDS

David J. Martin, PhD will join APA as senior director, Office on AIDS, on March 4

David J. Martin, PhDThe Public Interest Directorate is extremely pleased to welcome David J. Martin, PhD, as the new senior director, Office on AIDS. Dr. Martin, a clinical psychologist, is quite familiar with APA and the Office on AIDS, as he served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS, as a mentor for the Cyber Mentors Program, as a consultant to the HIV Office on Psychology and Education Program and with the Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer Program. 

Martin comes from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he served as a professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (Medical Psychology), director of HIV Mental Health Services, and chief psychologist and director of training in the Psychology Division at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 

Martin’s responsibilities as director of the HIV Mental Health Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center included coordinating care with primary-care providers, oversight of mental health and psychiatric services for people with HIV/AIDS, supervision of postdoctoral fellows and field-placement students in their clinical service provision, and evaluation and followup clinical work with persons with HIV. During his work in this capacity, he worked with community and governmental assistance and legal agencies; he assisted in the creation of certain Los Angeles County procedural responses to high-risk sexual behavior among persons with HIV and in the development of standards of care for mental health and health service delivery for people with HIV.

In his capacity as chief psychologist and director of training in the Psychology Division, Martin was responsible for oversight of the administration of a division of 14 psychologists, for organization of training activities for 8-10 postdoctoral fellows in an APA-accredited psychology postdoctoral fellowship program and for coordination of field-placement student activities for 28–37 students across 11 different service programs.

Martin’s research projects have included employment issues for persons with HIV, neuropsychological evaluation of persons with HIV disease, HIV treatment adherence, high-risk sexual behavior and clinical supervision. He has published and presented in the areas of depression, HIV (risk reduction, mental health and community need), ethics (treatment of gay men and lesbians, HIV-infected populations, work in managed care) and supervision and training.

Martin has had affiliations with several governmental and community-based organizations, including the Long Beach HIV CARE Comprehensive Planning Group, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services HIV Commission, the State of California Department of Health Services HIV Comprehensive Care Working Group, and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health HIV Mental Health Program. From 1991-93, he chaired the Mayor’s HIV/AIDS Task Force for the City of Long Beach, Calif. In 2002, Dr. Martin served on the Los Angeles County HIV Health Services Membership Task Force to make recommendations concerning restructuring the Commission and the Prevention Planning Group.

Martin is a long term advocate for HIV/AIDS and mental health. He is a member of a several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (Divisions 8, 12, 38, 40, 44, 45), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the California Psychological Association (Divisions I, II [Board of Directors], IV, VII) and the American Public Health Association. He is a grandfathered fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.