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Maggie Rowe, LICSW, CCLS is a lecturer with the EWU Children's Studies program. She has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2004, and is currently working as a hospital social worker with pediatric oncology patients and their families. Maggie has worked in medical settings with children since 2002 and has served as a direct Child Life Specialist, Recreation Therapist, Social Worker, and Counselor in a variety of positions with children of all abilities, youth-at-risk, and families living in poverty. Interest areas include hospitalized children, the world of disability, adaptive play, and palliative care.
A new faculty member at Eastern, Daniel Bigler holds a masters degree in Children's Studies from King's College London and is finishing an additional degree in Children's Rights at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He has previously worked in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, studied children's play and peer cultures in an adventure playground in London, and been involved in a number of groups that advocate for greater play opportunities for children in the United States.
His current research interests include children's play and play spaces, the hidden 'street' cultures of children, incorporating children as co-researchers in academic research, and the history of organizations like the Boy Scouts and summer camps and their influence on concepts of 'Childhood'. In his personal life, Daniel also spends a lot of time exploring big cities and imagining himself as a dinosaur.
Sue Marie Wright, Ph.D., served as Director for the Children’s Studies Program at Eastern Washington University from the Program's inception in 2002 until the year 2013. She currently holds a position as Professor in the Department of Sociology and Justice Studies, teaching courses on children, gender, and family. Published articles include “Bridging Third-Wave Feminism and Family Pluralism” (2004).
Maria, a life-long resident of the Spokane, WA area, received her BS in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2008 and then received her MS in Social Work from EWU in 2010. Starting as Program Coordinator for Children's Studies in 2014, Maria provides support to the program and works to advise students in the Children's Studies Online Program.
Trevor obtained his MS in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling as well as his Master's Certificate in Addiction Studies from EWU in 2014. Trevor currently works as a mental health and addiction counselor for Daybreak Outpatient in Spokane Washington serving youth ages 12-17 and is an adjunct instructor for the Children's Studies Program. Trevor has collaborated in many community outreach research studies during his student and professional careers at Eastern Washington University. These studies focused on the topics of: Engaging middle-school youth, their families, and communities in academic achievement, collective impact, moral disengagement, and compassion in relation to psychological well-being.
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