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    Please feel free to contact any of our faculty or staff with questions reguarding our program.

    Dr. Deanna Trella

    Children's Studies- Program Director/Associate Professor
    141 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4828
    Fax: 509.359.4828
    Email: dtrella@ewu.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    Sue Marie Wright, PhD

    Children's Studies Professor | Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
    329C Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4817
    Fax: 509.359.4817
    Email: swright@ewu.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    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).

    Barbara Culler

    Children's Studies in Bellevue - Program Director
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Mailstop House 1, Bellevue, WA 98007
    Phone: 425.564.5104
    Fax: 425.564.5104
    Email: bculler@ewu.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    Maria Howes, MSW

    Program Coordinator
    122 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4826
    Fax: 509.359.4826
    Email: mhowes2@ewu.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    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 Liebing

    Adjunct Faculty
    Email: tliebing82@ewu.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    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.  



    Belinda Hammond

    Quarterly Faculty
    Email: bhammond4@ewu.edu

    Belinda Hammond, M.A., CCLS, CIMI, is the founder and president of Child Life Connection, an organization that creates and maintains therapeutic play programs in Tri-County hospitals and beyond.  Ms. Hammond is a Certified Child Life Specialist.  She has taken doctoral courses at UCSB specializing in disabilities and risk studies and holds a B.A. in Child Development and an M.A. in Educaiton Psychology/Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Play Therapy (both from California State University Northridge) and an M.S. in Sports and Health Sciences (from American Public University).

    Belinda's websites:

    Child Life Connection

    Child Life Connection - Facebook

    Child Life Connection - Student Forum

    Contact Information

    Children's Studies
    122 Senior Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: mhowes2@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.4826
    fax: 509.359.6475

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