Martina Jelley, MD, MSPH - Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

Martina Jelley, MD, MSPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, currently serving as interim chair of the department. Dr. Jelley’s interests include intimate partner violence (IPV) and adverse childhood experiences, focusing on the adult health effects of these problems. Her interest in violence began early in her career in internal medicine as she started to see many female patients who were suffering due to current or past abuse and wanted to learn how to help these patients and teach medical students and residents about the issues. Due to Dr. Jelley’s efforts, every medical student graduating from the OU Tulsa campus receives training in dealing with victims of violence, learning about intimate partner violence, screening techniques, and referral options. She has also been involved in educating health professionals in northeastern Oklahoma through her work in the Screen to Save project that does workshops on IPV for physicians, nurses, medical students, nursing students and other health professionals. In 2008, Dr. Jelley was awarded a Governor’s Commendation for Victim Services. She has been an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Physicians Against Violence interest group, participating in several national workshops to train internists about IPV. Dr. Jelley was chosen to represent the Oklahoma State Medical Association on the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and served as chair from 2011-2013.

It has become clear to Dr. Jelley that violence and abuse for many patients is a lifelong issue. The data from the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study was an epiphany for her, helping to explain how trauma had affected victims in such a way that led to unhealthy behaviors. Standard behavior change counseling may not be able to help them. This realization was at first disheartening to Dr. Jelley, but has led to projects to address the health effects of violence in chronic disease and unhealthy behaviors. She is currently working with a multidisciplinary group at OU Tulsa to address the problem of high smoking rates in primary care patients with abuse histories.

Martina can be reached at Martina-Jelley@ouhsc.edu