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Kristie Herbert Martinez, a doctoral student in applied experimental (AE) psychology at Old Dominion University, has been awarded a 2006-07 Injury Prevention Fellowship by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).Only two or three graduate students nationwide receive the annual fellowships, which are funded by the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Martinez, who received her master's degree in psychology from ODU in 2000, is directed in her research by Bryan E. Porter, associate professor of psychology. They have co-authored numerous reports and grants, as well as two peer-reviewed journal articles: "The Likelihood of Becoming a Pedestrian Fatality and Drivers' Knowledge of Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia," published in 2004; and "Characterizing Red Light Runners Following Implementation of a Photo Enforcement Program," published in 2006.

Martinez's current work involves the identification of traffic crash predictors. One such predictor is a personality construct known as time perspective (TP). She plans to study the role of TP in crashes as part of her candidacy exam and dissertation work.

Janis Sanchez-Hucles, chair of the Department of Psychology, said the fellowship honors Martinez and her mentor, Porter, and is also "an accolade for Old Dominion for supporting this up-and-coming AE doctoral program."

The structure and stipend of the fellowship program assist in the training of students working on research or practice-based projects in unintentional injury prevention or violence prevention. Each fellow ill be invited to the SOPHE annual meeting to display a poster about his or her work.

This article was posted on: November 13, 2006

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