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Martinez's research focuses on social work and relational pedagogy, play therapy, and anti-racism. Overarching themes in Martinez's writings include child and family well-being and best practices in child care and education (early childhood through higher ed). Martinez is an advocate for high quality public schools for all children. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health and provides supervision and consultation to mental health professionals, agencies, camps, and schools in order to help them meet the needs of children and families in effective and developmentally appropriate ways.
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Provides an example of grief and loss in preschool age children and discusses the impact of school based child centered play therapy on a 4 year old girl.
Introduces social workers to issues related to public education reform and the impact on students and families.
Tackles the obstacles of providing Play Therapy in a school setting with knowledge and passion, and explain how to make it work.
Examines NSCAW data with structural equation modeling to evaluate risk for sexual abuse. Factors that increase risk for boys and girls may differ.
Examines attachment style and child maltreatment status. Reviews the research findings and conducts a meta-analysis to examine the effect size of maltreatment and insecure attachment across studies. Conducts a subpopulation analysis to investigate effect size by type of maltreatment.