A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. As chief executive officer, he oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the foundation. He is an associate vice president of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and a clinical professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also an adjunct professor of psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations. He is on the board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. He is a commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and a member of the University of Texas-University Charter School Advisory Board. From 2002 to 2006 he served as a Special Emphasis Panel Member for the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Dr. Martinez is licensed to practice medicine in Texas and North Carolina and is board certified. He has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, a doctorate in medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He also completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.