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Faculty & Staff

Leslie R. Martin

Professor of Psychology

Office: Ambs Hall #113

Phone: (951) 785-2454

E-mail: lmartin@lasierra.edu


Leslie R. Martin is professor of psychology at La Sierra University, in Riverside, and also holds secondary appointments at the University of California,Riverside and Loma Linda University.  She is a social/personality psychologist specializing in health-related issues, with two primary research interests:  physician-patient partnerships and their sequelae; and the relationship of personality and psychosocial factors to health and longevity.  Over the more than twenty years in which she has conducted research in these areas, Martin has published three dozen empirical papers and has co-authored three books on health, behavior change, and longevity.  Some of her recent publications are listed below.


Friedman, H.S., Martin, L.R., Tucker, J.S., Criqui, M.H., Kern, M.L., & Reynolds, C. (2008).  Stability of physical activity across the lifespan. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 966-978.


Martin, L.R., O'Donnell, S. M., DiMatteo, M. R., Goldstein, M., & White, M.K. (2008).  Physcians' communications with their older vs. younger female and male patients.  In H.T. Benninghouse & A.G. Rosset (Eds.) Women and Aging:  New Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Elder, G.H., Clipp, E.C., Brown, J.S., Martin, L.R., & Friedman, H.S. (2009).  The life-long mortality risks of World War II experiences.  Research on Aging, 31, 391-412.


Taga, K.A., Friedman, H.S., & Martin, LR. (2009). Early personality traits as predictors of mortality risk following conjugal bereavement.  Journal of Personality, 77, 669-690.


Kern, M.L., Friedman, H.S., Martin, L.R., Reynolds, C.A., & Luong, G. (2009).  Personality, career success, and longevity: A lifespan analysis.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 154-163.


Haskard, K.B., DiMatteo, M.R., Mondala, M.M., Zhang, Z., Martin, L.R., & Messiha, A.H. (2009).  Development and validation of the Physician-Patient Humor Rating Scale.  Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 1163-1173.


McCullough, M.E., Friedman, H.S., Enders, C.K., & Martin, L.R. (2009).  Does devoutness delay death?  Psychological investment in religion and its association with longevity in the Terman sample.   Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 866-882.


Martin, L.R., Haskard-Zolnierek, K.B., & DiMatteo, M.R. (2010).  Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare.  Oxford University Press.


Friedman, H.S., & Martin, L.R. (2011).  The Longevity Project: Surpising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. NY: Hudson Street Press.


DiMatteo, M.R., Haskard-Zolnierek, K.B., & Martin, L.R. (2012). Improving patient adherence: A three-factor model to guide practice. Health Psychology Review.





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