Susanne Martin-Herz
Associate Professor
Associate Clinical Director
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Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and the UCSF Program in Bioethics.

Dr. Martin Herz' scholarly work focuses primarily on the prevention of neonatal brain injury and developmental delay/disability and the epidemiology of developmental disability in low-resourced settings. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with early childhood development (ECD)/early childhood education (ECE) programs in Zimbabwe and continues scholarly work and consultation in this area and in global neurodevelopmental assessment. She has a strong background in quality improvement and systems work, including on projects to reduce disparities in access to neurodevelopmental diagnostics and services. Dr. Martin Herz is Co-Investigator on a study of the impact of improved neonatal resuscitation on newborn survival, fresh stillbirth and rates of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in urban Harare, Zimbabwe and was Co-Primary Investigator on a follow-up study of the health and development of infants born preterm or low birth weight, nested within the recently completed Preterm Birth Initiative East Africa cohort.

Dr. Martin Herz was a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs (2016-2020) and was a technical advisor on an American Academy of Pediatrics/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project “Strengthening Services in the Context of the Zika Epidemic in the English-speaking Caribbean” in 2018-2019. She is a member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee (GECD-PAC).

Dr. Martin Herz serves as the Division’s Associate Director of Clinical Services for the 4 clinical sites in which Division providers are active. She is currently PI on a Mount Zion Health Fund grant to improve access to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics services and education within primary care and has spearheaded development of 4 novel programs of clinical care to reduce disparities in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics access. Her clinical effort is currently at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is active in the assessment and management of young children with developmental delay, concern for autism spectrum disorder or behavior concerns.

Dr. Martin Herz completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and UCSF. She completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, a PhD in Psychology at the University of Washington and a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics in 2011. She joined the faculty at UCSF in 2014.


Martin-Herz SP, Buysse CA, DeBattista A, Feldman HM. Colocated Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Primary Care: Improved Outcome Across Settings. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Jun/Jul; 41(5):340-348.
Punatar R, Martin-Herz SP. Improving Access to Developmental Evaluations Through Novel Models of Care: A Pilot Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 08; 58(9):1027-1030.
Kelley MC, Brazg T, Wilfond BS, Lengua LJ, Rivin BE, Martin-Herz SP, Diekema DS. Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: a qualitative study of researcher experiences. Int Health. 2016 05; 8(3):187-96.
Martin-Herz SP, Zatzick DF, McMahon RJ. Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents following traumatic injury: a review. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2012 Sep; 15(3):192-214.
Martin-Herz SP, Rivara FP, Wang J, Russo J, Zatzick DF. Predictors of parental posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in the year after adolescent traumatic injury. Acad Pediatr. 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):198-204.
Johnston BD, Martin-Herz SP. Correlates of reinjury risk in sibling groups: a prospective observational study. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar; 125(3):483-90.
Martin-Herz SP, Shetty AK, Bassett MT, Ley C, Mhazo M, Moyo S, Herz AM, Katzenstein D. Perceived risks and benefits of HIV testing, and predictors of acceptance of HIV counselling and testing among pregnant women in Zimbabwe. Int J STD AIDS. 2006 Dec; 17(12):835-41.
Smith MS, Martin-Herz SP, Womack WM, Marsigan JL. Comparative study of anxiety, depression, somatization, functional disability, and illness attribution in adolescents with chronic fatigue or migraine. Pediatrics. 2003 Apr; 111(4 Pt 1):e376-81.
Martin-Herz SP, Patterson DR, Honari S, Gibbons J, Gibran N, Heimbach DM. Pediatric pain control practices of North American Burn Centers. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 Jan-Feb; 24(1):26-36.
Boeve SA, Aaron LA, Martin-Herz SP, Peterson A, Cain V, Heimbach DM, Patterson DR. Sleep disturbance after burn injury. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 Jan-Feb; 23(1):32-8.
Martin-Herz SP, Thurber CA, Patterson DR. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. II: Treatment applications. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2000 Sep-Oct; 21(5):458-72; discussion 457.
Thurber CA, Martin-Herz SP, Patterson DR. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. I: theoretical framework. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2000 Jul-Aug; 21(4):376-87; discussion 375.
Smith MS, Martin-Herz SP, Womack WM, McMahon RJ. Recurrent headache in adolescents: nonreferred versus clinic population. Headache. 1999 Oct; 39(9):616-24.
Honari S, Patterson DR, Gibbons J, Martin-Herz SP, Mann R, Gibran NS, Heimbach DM. Comparison of pain control medication in three age groups of elderly patients. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1997 Nov-Dec; 18(6):500-4.