James (Jim) Martin is a tenured faculty member at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with nearly forty years of professional social work practice. His scholarship, teaching, and public service focus on behavioral health issues impacting individuals, families and communities; and his research and civic engagement address military and veteran populations. Jim is a recognized national leader in the area of military family services and support and he has served as a subject matter expert for numerous military and veteran research and program development initiatives.
Jim’s has an extensive record of service at Bryn Mawr, including service as a Special Assistant to the College President for Information Technology, faculty Coordinator of the College Praxis Program, and a member of the College’s Taskforce on Balancing Mission and Resources. Jim served for five years as an elected member, and two terms as Chair, of the College’s Committee on Academic and Institutional Priorities. In these various College leadership roles Jim has had significant involvement in decisions with profound effects on the success and sustainability of Bryn Mawr College as a premier liberal arts college for women. In 2009 Jim was awarded the McPherson Fellowship for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community.
A retired Army Colonel, Jim’s twenty-six year career in the Army Medical Department included clinical, research, as well as senior management (command) and policy assignments. Prior to retirement from active duty, Jim served in the Pentagon as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Army Surgeon General for Medical Research & Development and as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of the Army Director of Science and Technology. A combat veteran, Jim was the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the first Gulf War and edited The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide (Praeger, 1996).
Since his retirement from active duty, Jim has served as a consultant to the Department of the Army for a variety of human dimension initiatives associated with Army Transformation and he contributed in the development of the Army Chief of Staff’s White Paper on Army Families. Jim was one of the primary authors of What we know about Army Families: 2007 Update (Technical Report & Video) and he currently supports important unit-family initiatives in both the US Air Force and US Marine Corps family programs. Jim was a consultant to a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) study on risk and resilience factors associated with the mental health of Persian Gulf War Veterans and he is currently a consultant to two funded DVA behavioral health research initiatives involving recent combat veterans. In June 2007 Jim was invited to testify on family and community issues before The President’s Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors chaired by Senator Robert Dole and Secretary Donna Shala.
On September 21, 2009 Jim received a commission signed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointing Jim as a member of the Maryland's Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board for the period 2009 - 2011. Jim is also a member of the Council on Social Work Education Veterans’ Mental Health Taskforce. Jim has served three terms of elected office on the national Board of Directors for the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and he is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Clinical Social Work.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Behavioral health issues impacting individuals, families, and communities
Substantive Specialization: Military and veteran populations and their families.
Martin, J.A. & Sherman, M.S. (2010). The challenges and consequences of military duty and service life: what social workers need to know about military members, veterans, and their families. In Price, S.J. & Price, C.A. (Eds.), Families and Change (4th edition). (Pp. 381-397). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
Bowen, G. L., & Martin, J. A., (2009). Do Perceptions of A&FRC Support Make a Difference? They Do! - The Impact of Perceived Support from the Airman and Family Readiness Center on the Psychological Adjustment of Married Active Duty Air Force Members. Technical Report, Report sponsored by the Airman, Family, Wounded Warrior, and Community Operations (HQ AFPC/DPSIA), Randolph AFB, TX 78150.
Martin, J. A., Forgey, M.A., Harris, J.J., & Walker, C. (2008). White Paper: Military and veteran family behavioral health and relationship issues. For: Military & Veterans Joint Taskforce, Council on Social Work Education.
Bowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., Liston, B. J., & Nelson, J. P. (2008). Community practice in the United States Air Force: Connecting theory and practice. In A. R. Roberts (Eds.), Social Workers' Desk Reference (2nd Ed.). (Pp: 525-533). New York: Oxford University Press.
Rohall, D.E & Martin, J.A. (2008). The impact of social structural conditions on psychological resilience to stress. In B. Lukey & V. Tepe (Eds), Biobehavioral Resilience to Stress (pp. 301-320). London: Francis & Taylor.
Clinical Social Work Methods I & II; Issues in Cultural Diversity; and Stress & Trauma
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