Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University

Martha Isabel Zapata


Research Scientist

700 N Greenwood Ave., MH-1116
Tulsa, OK 74106
Phone: 918-594-8469
Fax: 918-594-8558


Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, Oklahoma Human Development and Family Science
M.A. The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Organizational Dynamics
B.S. Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia Psychology


As an evaluator, I have been the co-investigator in a number of research projects aimed at evaluating the implementation, outcomes, and impact of early childhood and parenting programs. As a researcher, I have been the principal investigator in studies that have examined contextual factors contributing to the health of Latinos living in the United States and Colombia. Funders of the research and evaluation projects of which I have been part include the National Institutes of Health, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Opportunity Institute (Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, and Sing), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Legacy for ChildrenTM).


Zapata Roblyer, M. I., & Betancourth, S. (2017). Crime victimization and suicidal ideation among Colombian college students: The role of depressive symptoms, familism, and social support. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

John, A., & Zapata Roblyer, M. I. (2017). Mothers parenting children with an intellectual disability in urban India: An application of the stress and resilience framework. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 55, 325-337.

Cox, R. B., Criss, M. M., Harrist, A. W., & Zapata Roblyer, M. I. (2017). Are negative peer influences domain-specific? Examining the influence of peers and parents on externalizing and drug use behaviors. Journal of Primary Prevention, 38, 515-536.

Bámaca-Colbert, M. Y., Gonzales-Backen, M., Henry, C. S., *Kim, P. S. Y., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Plunkett, S. W., Sands, T. (2017). Family profiles of cohesion and parenting practices and Latino youth adjustment. Family Process.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., *Carlos, F. L., Merten, M. J., & Gallus, K., & Grzywacz, G. J., (2016). Psychosocial factors associated with depressive symptoms among Latina immigrants living in a new arrival community. Journal of Latino Psychology, 5, 103-117.

*Rojas, S., Grzywacz, J. G., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., *Crain, R., & Cervantes, R. C. (2016). Stressors among Hispanic adults from immigrant families in the United States: Familismo as a context for ambivalence. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 408-416.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Grzywacz, J. G., Cervantes, R. C., & Merten, M. J. (2016). Stress and alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among Latino adolescents in families with undocumented immigrants. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 475-487.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Grzywacz, J. G., Suerken, C. K., Trejo, G., Ip, E., Arcury, T. A., & Quandt, S. A. (2016). Interpersonal and structural stressors associated with depressive symptoms among Latinas in farmworker families living in North Carolina. Women & Health, 56, 177-193.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2015). Demographic and parenting correlates of adolescent sleep functioning. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 24, 3331-3340.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I, Bámaca-Colbert, M., *Rojas, S. M., & Cervantes, R. C. “Our child is not like us:” Understanding parent-child conflict among U.S. Latino families. (2015). Family Science Review – Special Issue on Immigrant Families over the Life Course, 20(2), 1-22

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Betancourth, S., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2015). Risk and protective factors for lifetime marijuana use among Colombian emergent adults attending college. ISSBD Bulletin – Special Issue on Illicit Substance Use in Adolescence and Adulthood, 39(3), 5-9.

Grzywacz, J. G., Suerken, C. K., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., .Trejo, G., Arcury, T. A., Ip, E., Lang, W., & Quandt, S. A. (2014). Physical activity of preschool-aged Latino children in farmworker families. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35, 717-725.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2015). “We thought we had a future:” Adversity and resilience in mixed-status families. In A. Schueths & J. Lawston (Eds.), Living together, living apart: Mixed status families and U.S. immigration policy (pp. 70-84). Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Cox, R. B., Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Merten, M. J., Shreffler, K. M., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2013). Do parent-child acculturation gaps affect early adolescent Latino alcohol use? A study of the probability and extent of use. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 8(1).



Zapata Roblyer, M., Morris, A., *Gosnell, T., Liévano-Hess, A., *McNeill K., & *Musapeta, C.  (2017, April). Demographic variables associated with attitudes and behaviors towards talking, reading, and singing to children 0-3.  Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Singh, R., Zapata Roblyer, M., Boyaci, S., Morris, A. S., *Anderson, A., & *Treat, A. (2017, April). Supermarket talk: Differences in adult-initiated talk between Hispanic and non-Hispanic families shopping in low-income supermarkets. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

So, M., Hartwig, S., Robinson, L., Forbes, L., Silovsky, J., Morris, A. S., Beasley, L., Zapata Roblyer, M., Titchener, K. S., & Vasi, A. (2017, April). Adapting Legacy for Children ™ for Spanish-speaking Mothers: Investigating parent engagement barriers, facilitators, outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.