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Faculty and Staff

Please feel free to contact any of our faculty or staff with questions reguarding our program.
  • Mary Ward Lupinacci
    Mary Ward Lupinacci
    Children's Studies Lecturer
    139 SNR
    Fax: 509-359-6475

    Mary Ward Lupinacci, M.A., is an award-winning educator with over 15 years experience in the field of therapeutic education. Mary has worked as a Behavior Specialist, Special Education Teacher, and School Counselor in a variety of settings and locations, including San Diego, Boston, and Washington State. She holds an M.A. in School and Community Counseling and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. She is a Certified Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor and Owner of Be Still Kids, an organization that provides kids yoga and mindfulness programs, community outreach, education and research to children, families, and teachers all over the world. She is currently Faculty in the Children's Studies Department at Eastern Washington University where she teaches a variety of classes including Mindfulness & Alternative Practices for Working with Children and Inclusivity & Diversity in Learning Environments.

  • Dr. Deanna Trella
    Dr. Deanna Trella
    Children's Studies- Program Director/Associate Professor
    141 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4828
    Fax: 509.359.6475
  • 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
    Children's Studies Lecturer

    Belinda Hammond, M.A., M.S., CCLS, CIMI.  Ms. Hammond is the founder of Child Life Connection, a local organization created to build or enhance play opportunities in medical facilities providing services for pediatric patients, and to provide/support Child Life/Therapeutic Play programs for pediatric patients.  Child Life Connection's mission is to bring play, diversion and education into pediatric settings, all in an effort to make being in the hospital less scary for children. Ms. Hammond has completed doctoral courses at University of California Santa Barbara in Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies, and holds a B.A. in Child Development and an M.A. in Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Play Therapy (both from California State University Northridge) and an M.S. in Sports and Health Science (from American Public University).

    Belinda's websites:

    Child Life Connection

    Child Life Connection - Facebook

    Child Life Connection - Student Forum

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