Dr. Martinez-Brawley's research focuses on social service delivery in rural areas, intercultural issues and different ways of understanding. Recently she has focused on international migration patterns, particularly of agricultural workers. She has carried out research in Latin America, Europe, Australia, Israel and has lectured extensively as a Fulbright scholar and an invited speaker.
The John F. Roatch Global Lecture Series on Social Policy and Practice is an annual event that hosts an internationally known scholar to lecture on a topic of global reach and social significance to the Arizona community. The John F. Roatch Global Lecture series was established by John and Mary Roatch to expand the parameters of global understanding in the Phoenix community.
The master class capitalizes on national and international talent to create an interactive forum for the discussion of current topics of concern to human services practitioners in Arizona. The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class on Current Social Events Fund was established by Rose and William Haskell to honor the memory of their daughter Linda, a social worker.
The 2013 Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class Lecture Series:
A Long and Winding Road: Social Work, Law, and The Challenges of Child and Elderly Protection
On Friday, November 13, 2013, Guest lecturer Suzy Braye, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of Sussex in England, U.K., spoke challenges and complexities facing professionals and organzations fighting to protect the children and elderly populations. Clinical Professor of Law, Sarah Buel, and Social Gerontologist Meg Fenzi served as the respondents for the lecture.