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Martina R. Gallagher


Associate Professor

Department of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Martina Raquel Gallagher, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center who teaches in various courses including psychiatric nursing, community health nursing, and nursing research. She developed the nursing elective course titled: Application of multicultural concepts to the health care of Latinos in the United States. Students describe Dr. Gallagher’s teaching style as engaging and creative because she incorporates different techniques when she delivers course content. For example, teaching students about leadership and followership in healthcare, which is part of the Summer Health Professions Education Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at UTHealth Houston. Her research focus was on the prevention and treatment of obesity and its cardiovascular sequelae in Latino families, by incorporating healthy sleep education into weight loss/management interventions in community settings. Because of her expertise in health disparities experienced by Latinos, Dr. Gallagher served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities for PCORI. Due to the increase in mental health issues in the community, Dr. Gallagher completed a post-master’s degree Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  She now provides psychiatric care to community members via telepsychiatry. She was appointed member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Telemental Health Task Force and Administrative Council Steering Committee.


Cizik School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Post-master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

University of Washington School of Nursing Family and Child Nursing Dept., Seattle, WA
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Sleep and its impact on health

The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
PhD - Focus on child health promotion practices used by Latino mothers

The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
MSN - Major in Administration in Community and Health Care Systems, with minors in Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics

The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
- Cum Laude
- RN to MSN accelerated program

Clinical/Research Focus

Latino Health
Health Disparities
Physical Activity
Community Based Participatory Research
Qualitative Research
Nursing Education
Leadership and Followership
Psychiatric Nursing