Marti Doyle, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor, Social Science
(515) 643-6774

Office Location
ACE - 233

Mailing Address

Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

Year Started at Mercy College: 2005

  • Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), Social Sciences


  • PhD, General Human Services, Capella University (2008)
  • MSW, University of Iowa (2004)
  • BA, Human Services and Sociology, Grand View College (2002)
  • AA, Iowa Central Community College (1979)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 360 Death, Dying, & Bereavement
  • SOC 415   A Social Justice Approach to Social Issues
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 410 Social Psychology

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Student Enrichment Coordinator
  • Hospice Bereavement Counselor
  • Parenting Educator
  • Homeless Youth Specialist
  • Protective Service Worker

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Application of Cummins Model to Retain Limited English Proficiency Learners. Co-presenter.  NCA Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference. (2013)
  • A Mixed-Method Study on the Meaning of Compassion as Perceived by Faculty and Students in a Small Health Sciences College. Group Poster Presentation: Mercy Hospital Advancing Evidence Based Practice Program  (2010)
  • Transformation of nursing students’ attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs on death and dying: A mixed method study (2008)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors

Community Service Involvement

  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Advice to Students

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle