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Faculty and Staff

Please feel free to contact any of our faculty or staff with questions reguarding our program.
  • Dr. Deanna Trella
    Dr. Deanna Trella
    Children's Studies- Program Director
    141 SNR
    Phone: 509.359.4828
    Fax: 509.359.6475
  • Margaret Rowe, LICSW, CCLS
    Margaret Rowe, LICSW, CCLS
    Adjunct Faculty

    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.

  • Sue Marie Wright, PhD
    Sue Marie Wright, PhD
    Children's Studies Professor | Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
    329C Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4817
    Fax: 509.359.6583

    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
    Barbara Culler
    Children's Studies in Bellevue - Program Director
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Mailstop House 1, Bellevue, WA 98007
    Phone: 425.564.5104
    Fax: 425.564.5220
  • Maria Howes, MSW
    Maria Howes, MSW
    Program Coordinator
    122 SNR
    Phone: 509.359.4826
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    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
    Trevor Liebing
    Adjunct Faculty
    329I Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509-359-6813
    Fax: 509-359-6583

    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.  

  • Stacy Warren, PhD
    Stacy Warren, PhD
    Dept. of Geography and Anthropology - Professor and Chair
    Isle Hall 103
    Phone: 509.359.7962
    Fax: 509.359.2474
    Stacy Warren teaches in both the Geography and Children's Studies programs at Eastern Washington University. In addition, she is director of EWU's certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. In spite of an undergraduate degree in computer science, her lifelong fascination with amusement parks sparked an interest in cultural geography. She has spent much of her career examining the various ways the Disney Company, in particular, has influenced urban and suburban design and shaped cultural landscapes. Current research interests include children's use of space and the spaces built (by adults) for them, from orphanages to elementary schools to Disneyland.
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