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Jennifer Martin

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Activity, Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor, School of Child and Youth Care
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 556314
Areas of Expertise Trauma, Child sexual abuse, Child sexual abuse images online (CSAIO) ,Child trafficking and sexual exploitation, Online relational practice

I am an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University.  I am also program faculty with the graduate program on Immigration and Settlement Studies and I hold a PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto.  

I have over 25 years of experience as a child and youth care practitioner working in the education, children’s mental health, and youth homelessness sectors in direct service, supervisory and consulting positions. I have extensive experience as a clinical therapist working with children and their families, consulting to children’s day treatment programs, providing trauma assessments and treatment for children and youth who have been sexually abused, and facilitating support groups for parents of young people who have experienced interpersonal trauma. I maintain a small private practice as consultant and therapist in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

My program of research and scholarship focuses on trauma, child sexual abuse, child sexual abuse images online (CSAIO), child sexual exploitation and online relational practice. An integral component of my research entails collaboration with community agencies and organizations.

I have been the principal investigator on four projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). One project investigated youth victim experiences with the criminal justice system and a recent major study explored practitioners’ understanding of child sexual abuse images on the Internet. I was recently awarded the SSHRC Connection Grant for an international project titled Child Sexual Abuse Images Online: Confronting the Problem – Research, Policy, Practice that examined multidisciplinary response to child sexual abuse images online.  Most recently, I was awarded the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant for a two-year international research project to further examine knowledge gaps and multilevel barriers to cross-sectoral responses to child sexual abuse images online.

  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Online Relational Practice in Child and Youth Care
  • Advanced Therapeutic Interventions
  • Ecological Approaches to Child and Youth Care Practice
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Psycho-Educational Support Programming
  • Martin, J. (2016). Child Sexual Abuse Images Online: Implications for Social Work Training and Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 46(2), 372-388. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu116
  • Martin, J. (2015). Conceptualizing the Harms Done to Children In Sexual Abuse Images OnlineChild & Youth Services, 36(4), 267-287.
  • Martin, J., & Slane, A. (2015). Child Sexual Abuse Images Online: Confronting the Problem, external link. Guest Editorial in Special Issue: Child Sexual Abuse Images Online: Confronting the Problem – Research, Policy, Practice. Child & Youth Services, 36 (4), 261-266.
  • Delay, D. & Martin, J. (2015). Developing Facilitator Self-Awareness: Introducing Mindfulness Practices to the Helping Classroom. In W. Pelech, K. Ring & S. LaRocque, (Eds.), Unity in Diversity: Embracing the Spirit of  Group Work. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. London: Whiting & Birch Ltd. p. 20-34.
  • Martin, J. (2014). “It’s Just an Image, Right?”: Practitioners’ Understanding of Child Sexual Abuse Images Online and Effects on Victims. Child & Youth Services, 35(2). 96-115. This article has been selected for inclusion in the following online database: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE):*Sexual+Abuse&stfo=True&sc=bnj.ebs.cinahl,,bnj.ovi.psyh&p=1&sf=srt.unspecified&sfld=fld.title&sr=bnj.ebs&did=2012644601&pc=123&id=19
  • Martin, J. (2013). Commentary: The Politics of Fear. Child & Youth Services, 34(1), 5-8.
  • Martin, J., & Alaggia, R. (2013). Sexual Abuse Images in Cyberspace: Expanding the Ecology of the Child. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 22(4). (This article has been selected for inclusion in the following online databases: 1) National Children’s Advocacy Center. Child Pornography – Victims, Victimizers, and Victimization: A Selected Bibliography. Selected-Bibliography; and 2) National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Library Online:
  • Martin, J. (2013). Out of Focus: Exploring Practitioners’ Understanding of Child Sexual Abuse Images on the Internet.  University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Martin, J., & Stuart, C. (2011). Working with Cyberspace in the Life-space. Relational Child and Youth Care: Special Journal, 24(1/2), 55-66.
  • Martin, J. (2004). Peer Counselling in Secondary Schools. In B. Rusk, J. Shaw, P. Joong (Eds.), The Full Service School.  The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Press. Toronto: ON. p. 26-35.
  • Dean’s Teaching Award, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 2016
  • Dennis Mock Leadership Award, Ryerson University, 2003
  • Status of Women Award: Community Impact, Professional Student Services Personnel, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, 2002

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  • SHE-631, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health

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