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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/Associate Professor
    141 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4828
    Fax: 509.359.6475
  • 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 Senior Hall
    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

    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
    Belinda Hammond
    Quarterly Faculty

    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

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