As a Hillman Scholar, Marta’s research foci include injuries and violence, trauma nursing care and health systems service delivery, vulnerable populations, and health equity. She is currently working on Dr. Therese Richmond’s study, investigating psychological issues following violent injuries among urban black men in Philadelphia.
She was awarded a supplement to Dr. Richmond’s study: “Psychological Effects of Injuries in Urban Black Men: A Disparate Health Issue” from National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), which supported her through the completion of her BSN. Marta presented the findings of her study at the national meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) in spring of 2015.
Marta currently works part-time as an RN at the trauma center at Penn Presbyterian, is a full time pre-doctoral student, and is a member of the Penn Injury Science Center.
Marta Maria Bruce read postcolonial theory at Antioch College, and completed her undergraduate studies at the Evergreen State College in political economy with an emphasis on the Middle East. She interned with a human rights organization in Cairo, Egypt, while studying Arabic and researching public health issues affecting the Zabbaleen people following the 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic.
Marta’s previous health care experience includes working at a children’s clinic in rural southern India, and serving her rural New Mexico community as a firefighter.