Diane Cocozza Martins, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Phone: 401.874.5328
  • Email: dcmartins@uri.edu
  • Office Location: RI NEC Room 229, 350 Eddy St., Providence, RI, 02905


Dr. Diane Martins’ teaching, research, and service commitments are to public health/community health nursing and populations with limited resources.  She has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her contributions to the disenfranchised, vulnerable, and homeless populations. She is also a faculty member in the interdisciplinary RI Geriatric Education Center funded by the US Department of Health and Human Service Administration (HRSA). She is currently a co-project coordinator on an HHS-SAMHSA grant for a community first-responder program for opioid education in Rhode Island’s rural communities.

At the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Martins has been a multicultural faculty fellow, an interdisciplinary faculty fellow in geriatrics and gerontology, faculty in the President’s Partnership for Food, Hunger and Nutrition and a faculty fellow in Public Service and Ethics. She is the recipient of many awards including the Nightingale Award from the Rhode Island State Nurses Association. Dr. Martins is currently president of the Board of Nurse Registration & Nursing Education, State of Rhode Island Rhode Island and chair of the Board of Directors for Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Health. 


Under-resourced and vulnerable populations in the community; homeless person’s health care experiences; food insufficiency; and older adults with English as second language. 


PhD, Nursing, University of Connecticut

MA, Medical Sociology, University of Connecticut

MEd, Public Health & Nursing Education, Columbia University

BS, Nursing, Salve Regina University

Selected Publications

McGrane, C., Masson, N., & Martins, D. C. (2021). A Group Respite Pilot Project for Children with Special Needs. Public Health Nursing, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12957

Stout, P. & Martins, D. C. (2019). Missed opportunities to immunize young adult males with the HPV vaccine to reduce oropharyngeal cancer: Clinical case report. Nurse Practitioner, 44, 10-13.

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., & Schwartz-Barcott, D. (2019). Coping with mental health issues among older Hispanic adults. Geriatric Nursing, 40, 123-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.07.003

Burbank, P. & Martins, D. C. (2019). Critical interactionism: A theoretical bridge for understanding complex human conditions. In M. H. Jacobsen (Ed.), Critical and cultural interactionism: Insights from sociology and criminology (Chapter 5)Routledge.

Martins, D. C. (2019). Thinking upstream: Nursing theories and population-focused nursing practice. In M. Nies & M. McEwen (Eds.), Community/public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations (7th ed.)Elsevier.

Martins, D. C. & Burbank, P. (2019). Community health planning, implementation, and evaluation. In M. Nies & M. McEwen (Eds.), Community/public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations (7th ed.). Elsevier.

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., Genere, A., Perez, D., Cabrera, E., Viveiros, N., & Schwartz-Barcott, D. (2018). Perceptions of mental health among older Hispanic adults from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Columbia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44, 44-50. https://doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20181010-05

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., Gillsjö, C. & Schwartz-Barcott, D. (2017). Ageing out of place: The meaning of home among Hispanic older persons living in the United States. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12. Epub 2017 Apr 9. https://doi.org:10.1111/opn.12150

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., Schwartz-Barcott, D., Di Maria, L. & Soler Ogando, B. M. (2015). Exploring the use critical reflective inquiry with nursing students participating in an international service-learning experience. Journal of Nursing Education, Sept Supplement, pS95-S98. https://doi.org:10.3928/01484834-20150814-17

Martins, D. C., Gorman, K., Miller, R., Murphy, L., Sor, B., Martins, J. & Veccharelli, M. (2015). Assessment of food intake, obesity, and health risk among people who are homeless in Rhode Island. Public Health Nursing, 32, 453-61. https://doi.org:10.1111/phn.12180

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., & Schwartz-Barcott, D. (2015). A mixed methods evaluation of an international service-learning program in the Dominican Republic. Public Health Nursing, 32, 58-67https://doi.org:10.1111/phn.12117

Martins, D. C. & Curtin, A. (2014) Nursing practice and licensure across borders. In M. Upvall & J. Leffers (Eds.), Global health nursing: Building partnerships and sustainability. Springer.

Curtin, A., Martins, D. C., Schwartz-Barcott, D., Di Maria, L. & Soler Ogando, B. (2013). Development and evaluation of an international service-learning program for nursing students. Public Health Nursing, 30, 548-556. https://doi.org:10.1111/phn.12040

Martins, D. C. & Burbank, P. (2011). Critical interactionism. An upstream-downstream approach to health care reform. Advances in Nursing Science34, 315-329.

Mlinac, M., Sheeran, T. H., Blissmer, B., Lees, F., & Martins, D. C. (2011). Older adults and resilience. In B. Resnick (Ed.), Resilience in aging. Elsevier.

Mc Curry, M. & Martins, D. C. (2010). Teaching undergraduate nursing research: A comparison of traditional and innovative approaches for success with millennial learners. Journal of Nursing Education,49, 276-279.

Burbank, P. & Martins, D. C. (2010). Symbolic interactionism and critical perspective: Divergent or synergistic? Nursing Philosophy, 11, 25-41.

Kim, H. S, Lauzon Clabo, L., Burbank, P. Leveillee, M, & Martins, D. C. (2010). Application of critical reflective inquiry in nursing education. In N. Lyons (Ed.), Handbook of reflection and reflective inquiry: Mapping a way of knowing for professional reflective inquiry. Springer.

Martins, D. C. (2008). Experiences of homeless people in the health care delivery system: A descriptive phenomenological study. Public Health Nursing, 25, 420-430.

Oh, J., Kim, H. S, Martins, D. C., & Kim, H. (2006). A study of elder abuse in Korea. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43, 203-214.