Zelideh R. Martinez Hoy, Ph.D.
Zelideh R. Martinez Hoy’s work in addressing health and education disparities is informed by her lived experience as a child interpreter, immigrant, and first-generation high school and college student. She has over 14 years of experience working in higher education as a non-profit education specialist, student affairs professional, and professor. Her areas of practice and teaching include examining health disparities, cultural competency, U.S. Latinx family mental health (focusing on acculturation), and the impact of compassion fatigue in helping professionals.
Dr. Martinez Hoy has a Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University School of Public Health, a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a Bachelors Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Her dissertation examined the experiences of compassion fatigue among higher education professionals working with undocumented students.
Dr. Martinez Hoy focuses her work on the impact of emotional labor and vicarious trauma experienced by helping professionals working with historically marginalized populations and individuals exposed to trauma. She utilizes theories, such as Critical Race and Resiliency, and applies them to the Compassion Fatigue framework to explore how identity and lived experiences of service providers protect or predispose them to experiences of compassion fatigue or burnout.