James (Jim) Martin is a Professor of Social Work and Social Research. Jim is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than forty years of social work practice. His scholarship, teaching, and public service focus on the well being of individuals, families and communities; his research and civic engagement address military and veteran populations. Jim is a recognized national leader in the area of military community and family services, and he has served as a subject matter expert for numerous Department of Defense and other related federal as well as state-level policy, program development, and research initiatives. He is currently engaged in program development initiatives involving services to returning Veterans and their families, survivors of military death, as well as Air Force and Marine Corps resilience initiatives.
Jim’s has an extensive record of service at Bryn Mawr College. He has served as a Special Assistant to the College President for Information Technology, Faculty Coordinator of the College’s Community Service Learning Program, a member of the College’s Taskforce on Balancing Mission and Resources, and five years of elected service as a member, and as Chair (2 terms), of the College’s Committee on Academic and Institutional Priorities. From 2011 to 2013 Jim served as the convener of the Social Work Faculty and one of three College Faculty members elected to serve on the Trustee-lead Digital Technology Taskforce. In these various College leadership roles, Jim has had significant involvement in decisions that continue to have profound effect on the success and sustainability of Bryn Mawr College as a premier liberal arts college for women. In 2009 the College awarded Jim 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. Jim was the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the first Gulf War. Prior to his military retirement, 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. Since retirement, 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 Chief of Staff’s White Paper on Army Families. Jim has served as a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) on the mental health of Persian Gulf War Veterans and he was invited to testify (2007) before The President’s Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors.
In 2009 Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Jim to the Maryland's Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Jim has served as a member of the Maryland Military Child Education Coalition Steering Committee, the Council on Social Work Education Veterans’ Mental Health Taskforce, and the National Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California. Jim has served three terms of elected office on the 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: Reintegration health and behavioral health issues impacting recent Veterans and their families
Substantive Specialization: Military and veteran populations and their families.
Susan V. Eisen, S.V.; Schultz, M.R.; Glickman, M. E.; Vogt, D.; Martin, J.A.; Osei-Bonsu, P.E.; Drainoni, M.L.; Elwy, A.R. (in Press). Post deployment Resilience as a Predictor of Mental Health in OEF/OIF Returnees. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Bowen, G. L., & Martin, J. A. (in press). Building community capacity in the U.S. Air Force: Promoting a community practice strategy. In K. Corcoran (Ed.), Social workers desk reference (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Mancini, J.A., Arnold, L. A., Martin J. A. & Bowen, G. L. (in press). Community Capacity. Prepared for inclusion in Gullotta, T.P., & Bloom, M. (Eds). Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (second edition). NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
Bowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., & Mancini, J. A. (2013). The resilience of military families: Theoretical perspectives. In M. A. Fine & F. D. Fincham (Eds.) Handbook of Family Theories: A Content-Based Approach (pp. 417-436). New York: Routledge.
Mancini, D. & Martin, J.A. (2012). Support Framework for Survivor Outreach Services Program: Logic Model and Guiding Principles for Long-term Casualty Assistance. (Survivor Outreach Services staff-guide). Prepared by the University of Georgia for Army Survivor Outreach Services Program under NIFA Grant Number 2010-48726-21891.
Sherman, M.D., Doerman, A., & Martin, J.A. (2012). Life After Military Service: What You Need to Know and Do To Succeed as a Military Family. In N. D. Ainspan and W. E. Penk (Eds.), When the Warrior Comes Home: A Family Guide for Transition from the Front Line to the Home Front. (Pp.: 29-36). Washington, DC: US Naval Institute Press.
Martin, J.A., & Sherman, M.D. (2012). Understanding the Effects of Military Life and Deployment on Couples and Families. In D. K. Snyder and C. M. Monson (Eds.), Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families:
Promoting Individual and Relationship Well-Being. (Pp: 13-31). New York: Guilford.
Bowen, G.L., & Martin, J. A. (2012). Support and Resiliency Inventory (SRI-M) - Initial Air Force (AF) Utilization Report. Charlotte, NC.: Flying Bridge Technologies.
Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Vogt D, Glickman ME, Elwy AR Drainoni M, Osei-Bonsu P, Martin JA. (2012). Mental and physical health status, alcohol and drug use following return from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Am J Public Health. 03/2012; 102 Suppl. 1:S66-73.
Clinical Social Work Methods I & II; Issues in Cultural Diversity; and Stress & Trauma