Martina M. Cartwright, Ph.D., R.D.
Keynote Speaker     Consultant     Author


Martina writes regularly for Psychology Today in her "Food for Thought" column. Dr. Cartwright has published several articles on Child Beauty Pageants and is an expert in this field.

Check out DemandMedia studios for other articles by Martina. She has written articles for TheNestWoman, the San Francisco Chronicle and she is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

Dr. Martina has shared her expertise on child pageants, fad diets and orthorexia nervosa for More, People , Health, Redbook and Self magazines.,,20531172,00.html

Dr. Cartwright's research has been featured in several top medical journals:

Cartwright, MM.  "Princess by Proxy:  What Child Beauty Pageants Teach Girls About Self-Esteem And What We Can Do About It."  JAACAP.  51 (11): 1105-07, 2012.

Cartwright, MM
et al. “Toxigenic and metabolic causes of ketosis and ketoacidotic syndromes” Crit Care Clin NA. 28(4): 601-631, 2012.    

Cheek D, McGehee-Smith H, Cunneen JL, Cartwright MM. Sepsis: A deeper look.  Nursing 2005. 35(1)38-43, 2005.

Cartwright MM. The Metabolic Response to Stress: A Case of Complex Nutrition Support Management”  Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 16(4)467-87, 2004.

Cartwright MM. “Eating Disorder Emergencies: Understanding the Medical Complexities of the Hospitalized Eating Disordered Patient.”  Crit. Care Nurs Clin North Am. 16(4)515-30, 2004.

Cunneen, JL and Cartwright, MM.  The Puzzle of Sepsis: Fitting the Pieces of the Inflammatory Response with Treatment as Illustrated by a Patient Case.  A Review.”  AACN Clinical Issues 15(1):18-44.2004

Hager M, Hutchins A (Cartwright, MM-content advisor)  “Position of the American Dietetic Association: Integration of medical nutrition therapy and pharmacotherapy.”  Adapted by the ADA House of Delegates and in effect until Dec 31, 2007. JADA  103(10):1363-70, 2003.

Cartwright, MM.  Alternative medicine and the pregnant woman:  Guidelines for dietitians.”    The Am Dietetic Assoc Public Heath Prac Group Newsletter. Summer, 2001

Su B, Debelak KA, Tessmer, LA, Cartwright, MM, Smith SM.  “Genetic influences on craniofacial outcome in an avian model of prenatal alcohol exposure.”  Alcohol: Clin. Exp Res 25(1): 60-69, 2001

Cartwright, MM. and SM Smith.  "Ethanol-induced neural crest apoptosis is coincident with their endogenous death, but is mechanistically distinct.” (former title: “Ethanol-induced neural crest apoptosis is dependent upon Interleukin-1b Cleavage Enzyme (ICE)/CED-3 protease activation and independent of the endogenous Msx2/BMP4 apoptotic pathway”). Alcohol: Clin Exp Res  21(3):412-418, 1999.

Smith, SM and Cartwright, MM.  "Use of the Apop-tag © cell detection kit for detection of apoptosis in whole mount specimens."  Biotechniques, 22(5):832-834, 1996.

Cartwright, MM. and SM Smith.  "Stage-dependent effects of ethanol on cranial neural crest cell development: Partial basis for the phenotypic variations observed in the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome."   Alcohol: Clin Exp Res 19(6):1454-1462, 1995.

Cartwright, MM. and SM Smith.  "Increased cell death and reduced neural crest cell numbersin ethanol-exposed embryos: Partial basis for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome phenotype."Alcohol: Clin ExpRes, 19(2):378-386, 1995.

Cartwright, MM. and WH Howell.  "Health beliefs and supplement usage among former colon cancer prevention program participants."  J AmDiet Assoc (regional newsletter, Midwest states), brief reports, Summer, 1992 pp 342-8.  

Cartwright, MM. and WH Howell.  "Long term dietary changes following participation in colon cancer prevention programs,  J Nutr Ed News. (regional edition, Midwest)  Spring, 1993, pp2-6

Cartwright, MM. and WH Howell. "Long term adherence to dietary strategies presented during colon cancer prevention trials." Wisconsin  Diet Assoc Public Heath News. Winter, 1992, pp3-8.


Dr. Cartwright is a contributing editor and expert consultant to IDEA Fitness Journal

Cartwright, MM "Realistic Resolutions." IDEA FITNESS Journal. November 2012.

Cartwright, MM.
“Recipe for Great Summer Skin”  IDEA FITNESS Journal, June 2012 (featured invited article).

Cartwright, MM. “How Friends Influence Weight,” IDEA FITNESS Journal, February 2012.

Cartwright, MM
. “Taking Off Recession Pounds.”  IDEA FITNESS Journal.
September 2011.  

IDEA Expert and Contributing Editor, September 2012-present

The Angel Academy: A Tale of Heavenly Spirits in Training
A children's book by Martina M. Cartwright, Ph.D, RD

Dr. Martina has written one of the first children's books to discuss the difficult issue of critical illness and death in children.  Based on her experiences with hospitalized kids and their families, The Angel Academy follows 8 year old Ben, a child with cancer.  The story provides comfort to parents, siblings and caregivers who have been touched by a child with critical illness.

The Angel Academy: A Tale of Heavenly Spirits in Training


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