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Diane Martell

Guardo Hall (GH) 107
(401) 456-8628

Academic Background

Associate Professor July 2000 to present
Ph.D. The Florence Heller Graduate School, Brandeis UniversityFebruary 2002
MA The Florence Heller Graduate School, Brandeis UniversityFebruary 2000
MSW University of ConnecticutMay 1981
BA University of Massachusetts Women’s StudiesMay 1979

Courses Taught

SWRK 325 Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Institutions and Organizations
SWRK 426 Creating Change through Social Work Practice I
SWRK 427 Creating Change through Social Work Practice II
SWRK 436 Field Work
SWRK 437 Advanced Field Work
SWRK 463 Field Work Seminar
SWRK 464 Senior Seminar In Social Work
SWRK 621 Social Work & Political Economy

Currently Teaching

generalist practice and policy, macro practice, field seminar

Areas of Expertise

community organization, generalist practice, child welfare policy

Past Experience

Visiting Assistance Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University; Director, First Year Program, Trinity College; Director, Women’s Center, Trinity College; Field Placement Coordinator, Women’s Semester, University of Connecticut; Executive Director, Connecticut Chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League; Field Director, Connecticut Valley Girl Scouts; Program Assistant, New Directions Program in Occupational Health.

Present Service Activities

RI NASW PACE; RI Peace Action; Social Policy and Practice Group, CSWE; Democracy Works; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; National Association of Social Workers.


  • "The Criminal Justice System and Child Placement in Child Sexual Abuse Cases", Child Maltreatment, 1999.
  • "Feminist Community Organizing on a College Campus", Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 1998.
  • Public presentations on child welfare issues, providing services to survivors of sexual assault and acquaintance rape, and dealing with racism and sexism in community organizations.​

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