Steven Martino

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Senior Behavioral Scientist
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, Boston College

Media Resources

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Overview

Steven Martino is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is an expert in the application of cognitive and behavioral theory to understand the initiation and development of health and risk behaviors. Much of his research has focused on psychosocial aspects of adolescent substance use, social cognitive processes involved in adolescent sexual behavior, and the influence of various media (including television, movies, music, and various forms of advertising) on adolescents' beliefs and behaviors regarding sex and substance use. Martino also has experience conducting research on informational interventions for health care consumers using cognitive testing, surveys, focus groups, lab studies, and field evaluations. For more than a decade, he has led reporting efforts on several of RAND's CAHPS and CAHPS-related project, directing development and testing of consumer reports on health care quality, conducting lab studies of how consumers use quality reports in decisionmaking, and developing and testing physician feedback reports. Martino received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Recent Projects

  • Testing the Impact of Tobacco Product Graphic Warning Labels at Retail Point-of-Sale
  • An Experience-Sampling Study of Exposure to Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking
  • Continuation of Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, CAHPS IV
  • National Implementation of Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan CAHPS Surveys
  • Reducing the Effect of Tobacco Powerwall Displays at Retail Point-of-Sale

Selected Publications

Martino, S.C., Elliott, M.N., Haviland, A.M., Saliba, D., Burkhart, Q., & Kanouse, D.E., "Comparing the health care experiences of Medicare beneficiaries with and without depressive symptoms in Medicare managed care versus Fee-for-Service," Health Services Research (forthcoming)

Martino, S.C., Kovalchik, S., Collins, R.L., Becker, K., Shadel, W.G., & D'Amico, E.J., "Ecological momentary assessment of the association between exposure to alcohol advertising and early adolescents' beliefs about alcohol," Journal of Adolescent Health (forthcoming)

Martino, S.C., Weinick, R.N., Kanouse, D.E., Brown, J.A., Haviland, A.M., Goldstein, E., Adams, J.L., Hambarsoomian, K., Klein, D.J., & Elliott, M.N., "Reporting CAHPS and HEDIS data by race/ethnicity for Medicare beneficiaries," Health Services Research, 48(2):417-434, 2013

Martino, S.C., Kanouse, D.E., Elliott, M.N., Teleki, S.S., & Hays, R.D., "A field experiment on the impact of physician-level performance data on consumers' choice of physician," Medical Care, 50:S65-S73, 2012

Martino, S.C., Scharf, D.M., Setodji, C.M., & Shadel, W.G., "Measuring exposure to pro-tobacco marketing and media: A field study using ecological momentary assessment," Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14:398-406, 2012

Martino, S.C., Elliott, M.N., Corona, R., Kanouse, D.E., & Schuster, M.A., "Beyond the "Big Talk": The roles of breadth and repetition in parent-adolescent communication about sexual topics," Pediatrics, 121:e612-e618, 2008

Martino, S.C., Collins, R.L., Elliott, M., Strachman, A., Kanouse, D.E., & Berry, S.H., "Exposure to degrading versus non-degrading music lyrics and sexual behavior among youth," Pediatrics, 118(2):e430-e441, 2006

Martino, S.C., Collins, R.L., Kanouse, D.E., Elliott, M., & Berry, S.H., "Social cognitive mediators of the relationship between exposure to television's sexual content and adolescents' sexual behavior," Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89:914-924, 2005

Commentary

  • Gabor Kovacs of 'smoke no smoke' displays e-cigarettes that his shop sells at Camden in London

    FDA's New Tobacco Rules Go Far Enough—For Now

    At this point, asking the FDA to restrict marketing or to ban flavored products would be premature. The base of scientific evidence is growing but it doesn't support additional regulatory action beyond what the FDA has already proposed.

    Jun 12, 2014 The Hill

  • woman smoking an electronic cigarette

    Where There's Vapor, Is There Fire? We Need Evidence on E-Cigarettes

    Currently, evidence for the safety, harmfulness, utility, and addictiveness of e-cigarettes is lacking. The questions that research needs to answer, however, are clear as day—particularly since business is booming.

    Mar 4, 2014 The Health Care Blog

  • Virginity Pledges Work for Some Teens

    Essentially, the available research suggests that teaching abstinence alone to teenagers does not work — they are no more likely to delay the start of sexual activity than other teenagers. But research has not been so clear regarding virginity pledges specifically, writes Steven Martino.

    Apr 1, 2009 The Providence Journal

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