Dr. Michelle Martin

Associate Professor

BA, Psychology, San Diego State University
MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
MSc, Global Policy Studies, University of Bristol
PhD, Peace Studies, University of Bradford

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Dr. Michelle Martin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where she teaches courses in social welfare policy and community practice. Her current research interests focus human rights of displaced populations, trauma and identity among migrants and refugees, and women and wellbeing. Dr. Martin is the author of three textbooks in social work, human services and global advocacy policy practice, chapters on migrant family separations and indigenous rights, has several publications focusing on diaspora identity expression, trauma and peace building, and is currently writing a book women and aging. Dr. Martin is on the board of the United Nations Association, San Diego Chapter, and an executive board member focusing on legislative initiatives related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. Martin has practiced in the field of social work for approximately 25 years, working in a range of practice settings, most recently, in substance abuse treatment for women. Dr. Martin has a PhD in peace studies and international development from the University of Bradford (2014), a masters in global policy studies from the University of Bristol (2011), and an MSW from the University of Illinois, Chicago (1996).


Courses Taught:

  • MSW 520: Social Welfare Policy and Services I

  • MSW 521: Social Welfare Policy and Services II

  • MSW 523: Mental Health Policy and Social Work


  • MSW 530: Applied Social Work Research Methods I 


  • MSW 550: Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations


  • MSW 564: Macro Social Work in Communities and Organizations


  • MSW 596: Master’s Project Development I (Thesis)


  • MSW 597: Master’s Project Development II (Thesis)


Research Interests:

  • Immigration and Refugees (forced migration, trauma and identity)


  • Women and wellbeing (the male-breadwinner model and the feminization of poverty, American Suffragists)