Martha Blankenship is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society who graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. Martha has since continued on and is currently working to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work within the Advanced Standing Master’s program with a concentration in Health/Mental Health and with an expected graduation of May 2016. She has been active in Girl Scouts for 15 years where she has helped three girls achieve their Gold Award. The Girl Scout organization is where she gained experience working with younger generations. Martha also did her Bachelor’s internship at River to River Hurricane Creek Assisted Living, where she gained experience with working with the elderly populations.
Martha is now a fellow within the Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship at SIUC. She would like to utilize her abilities and skills to obtain knowledge and expertise within the trauma behavioral health to apply to future employment. She feels that the experience in the trauma fellowship will aid her in finding different approaches in the treatment of children and families that are at risk or have experienced abuse, neglect and violence. Martha also feels that research on this subject and the research on the correlations between childhood traumas and premature aging in adults would be helpful for all age groups.