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

    Deanna L. Trella, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Children's Studies at Eastern Washington University. She has B.A. degrees in English and Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a M.A. in Social Psychology and a Ph.D. in Sociology with emphasis on family and marriage, and a minor in quantitative research methods from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Trella has over 10 years of experience teaching in higher education. She has taught courses in Children's Studies (Introduction/Foundations, Children and the Family, Research Methods for Studying Children and Childhood, and Senior Portfolio) and advises all Option B and C internships. Dr. Trella has also taught courses in Sociology departments (Introductory Sociology, Sociology of Adolescence, Sociology of Children, Family and Marriage Sociology, Sex and Gender, Social Problems, and Youth Culture in Transition: Sex, Drugs, and Violence) and for the college (Introductory Statistics, Methods for Social Research, and Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences). Dr. Trella's primary area of research concerns family and child homelessness. She has collaborated with Dr. Timothy Hilton in the School of Social Work for over 8 years on research related to rural and family homelessness. She is dedicated to using her expertise as an applied researcher to improve the welfare of homeless families and children, and to strengthen economic, social, and educational outcomes in eastern Washington. To this end, Dr. Trella provides program evaluation and analysis for the Spokane Public School System, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, and the City of Spokane. Her research has been cited in local and national media. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Trella actively volunteers in the community with agencies that support homeless outreach and children's educational support. In her spare time, Dr. Trella is an avid knitter, making items for premature babies and hospitalized children in area hospitals.

  • 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

    My name is Barbara  Culler and I am a part time instructor with EWU at the Bellevue Campus, and the program coordinator for Children's Studies on the West Side of the mountain. I just left my full time position at Renton Technical College, where I taught Early Childhood Education for the last 20 years, to focus my attention on EWU.
    I have worked in the field of Early Education for the past 35 years, and my passion for this work continues to grow! I am originally from Hawaii, where I grew up, went to school, and received my M.ED. I have been a teacher, director, program coordinator, and curriculum developer; and each position has allowed me to grow and learn about children and families.

  • Antoinette Burkley, MPA
    Antoinette Burkley, MPA
    Children's Studies - Program Coordinator
    122 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4549
  • Mary Ward Lupinacci, M.A.
    Mary Ward Lupinacci, M.A.
    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.

  • Belinda Hammond, M.A., M.S., CCLS, CIMI.
    Belinda Hammond, M.A., M.S., CCLS, CIMI.
    Children's Studies Lecturer

    Belinda Hammond, M.A., M.S., CCLS, CIMI. Ms. Hammond is the founder of Child Life Connection, a consulting service 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 is currently completing her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership through California State University Channel Islands/Fresno, 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

  • Katie Riley, Ph.D., CCLS
    Katie Riley, Ph.D., CCLS
    Children's Studies - Assistant Professor
    SNR 131
    Phone: 509.359.4825

    Katie Riley, Ph.D., CCLS, is an Assistant Professor in the Children's Studies Program at Eastern Washington University. She has her B.S. degree in Psychology from The University of Iowa, a M.A. in Family & Consumer Sciences- Child Life from The University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with certificates in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental and Family Sciences Advanced Research Design and Methods from Iowa State University. Dr. Riley is also an Item-Writing Committee Member for the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).  This will be her first year in the Children's Studies Program where she will be advising Option A: Child Life and Health Students, leading the Children's Studies Club, and teaching a variety of courses. Dr. Riley's primary area of research concerns the social, emotional, and behavioral impact of chronic illness and stress in childhood. She is also interested in childhood cancer survivorship, therapeutic camps, psychosocial interventions within and outside of the pediatric hospital setting, and research methods in child life, and evidence-based child life practices. For her dissertation research, she specifically focused the social and emotional wellbeing of adolescent cancer survivors and the social phenomena within the context of an oncology camp. Her research has been presented at the ACLP national conference, in addition to the Society for Research on Adolescence and The Society for Research in Child Development. Dr. Riley plans to continue pursuing research that will contribute to addressing the needs of children and families impacted by illness and hospitalization, and furthering the field of child life. 

  • Trevor Liebing, M.S.
    Trevor Liebing, M.S.
    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.  

  • Marysa Rogozynski
    Marysa Rogozynski
    Graduate Research Assistant
    Senior Hall 202
    Phone: 509.359.4549

    Marysa is currently in her second year at EWU pursuing her Master's in Experimental Psychology. She is from Kalispell, Montana where she enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors.  She earned a B.S. at the University of Jamestown, in Jamestown, ND. Along with her minors in French and Character in Leadership. Her Master's thesis topic relates to sexism and discrimination. 

  • Nick Mehrnoosh
    Nick Mehrnoosh
    Program Specialist
    Senior Hall 202
    Phone: 509.359.4569

    Nick Mehrnoosh is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing an MS in Experimental Psychology, with his thesis focusing on holistic identity transformation following a brain injury. He earned his BA in Psychology and holds certifications in Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management, and Disability Studies. In addition to being a Support Group Facilitator for individuals following a brain injury, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Energy Support Team and the Governor's Traumatic Brain Injury Council of Washington State.

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