Dr. Carolyn Martin is a Professor at California State University, Stanislaus and the School of Nursing Assistant Director of the Graduate and RN-BSN programs. As a first generation college graduate, she continued her education receiving a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco and her FNP from Sonoma State University. As an FNP she practiced in a primary care office in Lodi, California for several years. Her area of expertise is mental health and geriatric nursing with her dissertation topic focusing on low weight in the older adult. Most recently, her teaching focus has been graduate coursework. For over 10 years she served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for Wellness WORKs!, a welfare-to-wellness-to-work program. While in this position, she developed a Wellness Clinic and published several articles that focused on the program. Her research currently focuses on mental health, welfare and wellness, and educational pedagogy.