Dr. Ricardo A. Martinez

Clinical Psychology - Pasadena, CA
License No. PSY 17634


Dr. Ricardo Martinez began his education and training in Psychology at California Lutheran University.  As a second-generation Mexican-American, Dr. Martinez was struck by the shortage and need for more Latino/a psychologists and other mental health professionals.  Moreover, he was especially surprised to learn that there was a strong need for Latino men in the field (which coincidently, continues to this day) and Spanish-speaking mental health professionals. 

While at California Lutheran University, Dr. Martinez completed clinical and research practicums at the former Camarillo State Hospital & Developmental Center working with adults with schizophrenia.  In addition, Dr. Martinez began a research assistantship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital.  He spent a year and half assisting with electrophysiological research investigating genetic markers for alcoholism in the EEG brain waves of adolescent sons of alcoholics.  Dr. Martinez graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.S. in Psychology in 1992. 

Dr. Martinez then continued his education at San Diego State University in pursuit of a M.A. degree in Psychology.  At San Diego State, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant following his interest in neuropsychology where he studied language and emotional development in infants and toddlers with focal brain lesions and infants of substance abusing mothers.  He completed his M.A. in Psychology in 1995. 

Dr. Martinez then went on to pursue his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Los Angeles.  His emphasis area at CSPP was in the Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology track which reinforced his education and training in multicultural/diversity issues.  While at CSPP, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Los Angeles Addiction Research Consortium / Matrix Institute on Addictions.  At Matrix, he had the opportunity to work with clients who were addicted to methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and many who were dually-diagnosed with mental illness and substance dependence.  He completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from CSPP in 1997.  In addition, while at CSPP, Dr. Martinez completed his pre-doctoral internships at Pasadena City College – Psychological Services and at Whittier College’s Student Counseling Center.  His dissertation involved a ‘needs assessment’ for an adolescent substance abuse prevention program.  Dr. Martinez received his Psy.D. degree in 1999. 

Dr. Martinez was then hired as a Registered Psychologist at Pacific Clinics’ outpatient program in Pasadena.  While in the outpatient program, he provided individual and family therapy to children and adolescents and their families.  Later, Dr. Martinez transferred to the Alta-Pasa Community Education Center (CEC) Day Treatment program within Pacific Clinics to complete his post-doctoral hours for licensure.  In the CEC program, he provided individual, family, and group therapy to adolescents who were involved in the juvenile justice system.  Shortly after becoming licensed by the California Board of Psychology in 2001, Dr. Martinez was promoted from a staff psychologist to the Program Director of the CEC where he remained until May 2008. 

Dr. Martinez then went on to expand his private practice and continue working part-time providing psychological counseling to the students at Pasadena City College’s Community Education Center (CEC).  Dr. Martinez worked at Pasadena City College’s  CEC from March 2006 until March 2010.

Currently, Dr. Martinez works as a part-time Family Therapist serving adult clients with chemical dependency issues and their families at Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu.  In addition, Dr. Martinez maintains his private practice in Pasadena, CA.

Language Skills

Bilingual - English/Spanish


California Board of Psychology,
PSY 17634

Issued:  August 29, 2001 


California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

Degree: Psy.D.
Clinical Psychology
September 1999

Degree: M.A.
Clinical Psychology
August 1997 

Emphasis: Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology

San Diego State University

Degree: M.A.,

August 1995

California Lutheran University

Degree: B.S.

May 1992

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association


California Latino Psychological Association


California Psychological Association


Promises Treatment Centers

promises treatment center