Faces in Nursing

Ruby Martinez, RN, MS, PhD

Ruby Martinez holds a M.S. degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Administration, a post M.S. certificate with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Colorado Denver. Her doctoral dissertation focused on definitions of health and well-being held by older Hispanic adults living in rural southern Colorado.

In her career, Dr. Martinez held numerous nursing positions at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan before taking a faculty position at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Nursing.  In the school of nursing, Dr. Martinez taught psychiatric nursing in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and conducted research on ethnic minority runaway teenagers. At the University of Colorado, she received several teaching awards and retired from CU as Associate Professor Emeriti.

From 2006 through 2009, Dr. Martinez practiced as a nurse manager at Denver Health on both the adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatry units and later provided psychiatric care in the Denver Jail. In her career, Dr. Martinez served on a national board (Center for Mental Health Services-SAMHSA) and was a founding member of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association.

At present, she cares for people in a long standing private practice by conducting mental health evaluations, prescribing medication, and providing follow-up care. Dr. Martinez is board certified as a specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing.  Cultural diversity and health disparities have been long term areas of interest.