Half-Time Faculty

NEWSTAFFDawn Belkin Martinez, Ph.D., LICSW
Lecturer, Clinical Practice


Prior to joining BU, Dawn Belkin Martinez, Ph.D., LICSW, worked with adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of practice settings, including a community health center, a hospital, and as a college professor. She has extensive experience working with immigrant families and adolescents experiencing new transitions. In addition to her role at the School of Social Work, she is on staff as a clinical social worker at Boston University Student Health Services.



Julie's headshot photo for BUJulie Springwater, MSW
Adjunct Associate Professor
Coordinator, Human Services Management Certificate


Julie Sweeney Springwater, MSW, has served as the director of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors since 1994. As director, she creates and manages an agenda that reflects the vision and policies of the Association’s members, the leaders and staff of the public child welfare agencies in the New England States. Ms. Springwater serves as a resource to Association member agencies on child welfare policy and practice issues and edits the Association newspaper, COMMON GROUND©.

Ms. Springwater directs The Human Service Management Certificate Program here at BU School of Social Work, teaches courses in management and strategic management and acts as the advisor to students in the program.

She is active with community and nonprofit organizations nationally and regionally. She is immediate past Chair of the Board of the Child Welfare League of America, is currently Vice-Chair of the CWLA Board, a board member of Family Continuity, a board member of the New England Foster Care Association and an at large member of the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Association for Families.