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Lauren MartinLauren Martin

Director of Research, UROC; Affiliated Faculty at CEED@UROC
Phone: 612-624-0435 | Email:  

Lauren Martin is Director of Research at the Urban Research Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC). UROC is a University of Minnesota building located in north Minneapolis. The purpose of UROC is to build stronger urban communities in partnership with North Minneapolis.

Lauren is an anthropologist by training and has been conducting community-engaged and participatory action research since 2006. Her primary research interests are families in poverty and early childhood education, sex trading and sex trafficking in community context, and community-engaged research methodologies. In addition to her work at CEED and UROC, Lauren is also a Children, Youth and Families Consortium Scholar and Adjunct Faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Through CEED, Lauren Martin is the PI on Family Academy: Researchers and Practitioners Improving Outcomes for 0-3 year olds, a three-year grant from the Brady Education Foundation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The project is a three-year community-based participatory evaluation and validation study of the Family Academy, the early childhood parent education offered through the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The Family Academy research team includes Tracy Bradfield and Alisha Wackerle-Hollman (co-Investigators on the project).


Martin, L., Lotspiech, R., & Stark, L. (2012). Early intervention to avoid sex trading and trafficking of Minnesota's female youth: A benefit-cost study. Released September 2012, report commissioned by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.

McConnell, S., Hearst, M., & Martin, L. (2012). School readiness and healthy development: Two sides of one issue for preschoolers in high-poverty neighborhoods? CURA Reporter, Fall/Winter 2012, 42:3, p. 28.

Dukes, A., & Martin, L. (2012). Family-based services in the Northside Achievement Zone. The Early Report, October 2012 issue.

Hearst, M., Martin, L., Rafdal, B., Robinson, R., & McConnell, S. (2012). Early childhood development and obesity risk-factors in a multi-ethnic, low-income community: Feasibility of the Five Hundred under Five Social Determinants of Health pilot study. Health Education Journal, March 18, 2012.

Martin, L., Hearst, M., & Windome, R. (2010). Meaningful differences: Comparison of adult women who first traded sex as a juvenile versus as an adult, Violence Against Women, 16(11), 1252–1269.

Martin, L. The Prostitution Project: Community-based research on sex trading in north Minneapolis. CURA Reporter, Fall/Winter 40:3-4, p. 12.


Martin, L., Thomas, T., & Bradfield, T. (2014, February 20-22). A context and cacophony?: An exploration of the distinctive features of the home language environment of families living in a neighborhood of concentrated poverty. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

Thomas, T., Bradfield, T., Wackerle-Hollman, A., & Martin, L. (2014, February 20-22). Evaluation of a community-based participatory model of family education. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

Martin, L., Bensen, P.J., & Rud, J. (2011, September 29). Early Results from GIFT, A New Probation Approach to Prostitution. Prostitution, Sex Work and Human Trafficking conference, Toledo, OH.

Hearst, M.O., Martin, L., Rafdal, B., Bloomgren, R., & McConnell, S. (2011, June 15-18). Early childhood development, food access and screen-time behavior in a low-income community: The Five Hundred under Five social determinants of health pilot study. ISBNPA, Melbourne.

Martin, L., & Galloway, A. (2010, September through present). Northside Women’s Space. Multiple presentations to stakeholders in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Martin, L., Hearst, M., & Clark, C. (2010, September 20). Prostitution and Violence in Minneapolis. Research Poster, Powell Center for Women’s Health, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

McConnell, S., & Martin, L. (2010, September 15). Designing Evaluation to Drive Outcomes and Create an Ongoing Learning Community in the North Side Achievement Zone (NAZ).

News Articles (February 17, 2012). Family Academy's 'cradle to career' effort under way in north Minneapolis.

Minnesota Women’s Press (27:12) (December 2011). Northside Women’s Space: Kwanzaa Community offers a place for refuge from prostitution and the sex trade, p. 34-35. (May 19, 2010). Despite progress, North Minneapolis drop-in center is dealing with setbacks, too. (Feb. 22, 2010). North Minneapolis church offers refuge for victims of prostitution.


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