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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.

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