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Martha Mann received her diploma as a Registered Nurse from the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester, Massachusetts. She then received her Bachelor’s degree from Anna Maria College (AMC) in Paxton, Massachusetts, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. While still practicing nursing, she obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology from AMC, and then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Psychology through the Biopsychology program at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Mann still maintains her R.N. license in Texas mainly so she may volunteer at community events that require first aid staff.
Dr. Mann has enjoyed teaching and doing research at UT Arlington since 1983. She has taught many different courses in Psychology, some cross-listed with Biology including Human Sexuality, Drugs & Behavior, Behavioral Endocrinology, Behavior Genetics, Developmental Psychobiology, and Design & Statistics. Dr. Mann has been an active member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. She was inducted into the honor society, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and currently serves as President Emeritus of the local chapter. Dr. Mann has served as the University’s Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, a National Science Foundation initiative dedicated to the representation of historically under-represented persons in science and engineering fields.
Dr. Mann is currently researching the development and behavior of sea turtles, applying everything she ever learned about the biological basis of behavioral development to these beleaguered species. She also conducts research on the teaching of psychology, a passion that leaves little time for the usual list of hobbies. Dr. Mann would like to pursue screenplay writing and has taken several continuing education courses toward this end. She really believes in being a “lifelong” learner!
cy, as well as courses in Community and Administrative Practice (CAP). The link here leads to Human Behavior in Macro Environments, a theory course she developed for CAP students. She has received Social Work’s Torgerson Teaching Award and been nominated for the UTA President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2012). Dr. Hegar has served on the Editorial Boards of Child Welfare, Social Work Research, Progressive Human Services, and Comunitania (based in Spain). She was named the first U.S. Associate Editor for the British Journal of Social Work (2005-2012) and was offered the Fulbright/Masaryk Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic for 2012/13 (declined due to family caregiving).
Dr. Hegar’s primary field remains public child welfare; secondary interests include child custody and social work history. She is co-author of When Parents Kidnap (Free Press, 1993) and co-editor of Kinship Foster Care (Oxford, 1999). Her scholarship has appeared in more than 25 different academic journals and 10 edited books and encyclopedias. She is Co-PI of a project funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to develop and administer state licensing exams for administrators of child placing agencies and residential facilities. She has been inducted into several academic honorary societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha, and Sigma Xi.