Haley Martin

Former Social Work Trainee

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Haley received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona. She was born and raised in Tucson and has come to deeply love the desert. Haley earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and completed her Pediatric Pulmonary Center training at the University of Arizona.


  • MSW


I joined the Pediatric Pulmonary Center’s traineeship program to gain more experience working with children and families in an interdisciplinary setting. There has been a shift in healthcare to provide more whole-person care to patients that addresses not only their physical health, but also their mental and social health. The interdisciplinary team at the PPC truly strives to do this, with social work being key piece in making it happen. Throughout my time at the PPC, I was able to gain experience in providing assessments and interventions for children and their families to provide better outcomes for them.

I was given the opportunity to at first observe several disciplines to understand a patient’s experience in clinic, then to participate in the multi-disciplinary team by stepping in as the social work provider. My time in both Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and Severe Asthma clinic allowed me to better understand Person-in-Environment Theory, and see the ways in which micro, mezzo, and macro social work is needed when working with individuals and their families. Many systems are involved with a patient’s healthcare, their family system, their healthcare clinic’s system, and the larger US healthcare and insurance systems. 

Something that stands out to me about my experience at the PPC when compared to other internships or hands-on internships I’ve been a part of in the past is that the PPC truly focuses on teaching and investing into their trainees. Due to my involvement with the PPC, I was able to attend lectures from various disciplines, have weekly supervision meetings with faculty, and attend a leadership conference. Each of these gave me the chance to refine my skills and further develop professional skills that I know will serve me well as I embark on my social work career.

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