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Psychology 269
(509) 963-1804

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences (IDS) Faculty

Alena Yastchenko, IDS Director
Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima Centers

Interests & Expertise: Mental health conditions, social psychology, research methods and statistical analyses, Motivational Interviewing, emotional intelligence, psychological first aid, critical incident stress management.


Cynthia Engel, IDS Director
Des Moines and Pierce County Centers

Interests & Expertise: Existential/phenomenological psychotherapy; abnormal psychology, substance abuse, recovery and resilience; the experience of life transitions; the experience of being “other”; the history of deinstitutionalization; social justice issues within underrepresented groups, Black Lives Matter, gender and LGBTQIA communities; serial killers.

Nicole Dunn, IDS Director & Lecturer
Online Program and Lynnwood Center

Interests & Expertise: Wellness, Health Promotion, Body Image


Kevin Feeney, IDS Director & Lecturer
Online Program and Lynnwood Center

Interests & Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany/Ethnomycology, Gender & Law, Critical Race Theory, Religion & Free Exercise Jurisprudence


Isabella Sarton Miller, Senior Lecturer

Interests & Expertise: Bio-cultural anthropology, adaptation to extreme environments: High altitude (Altiplano of Bolivia), cold (Northern territories, Canada, Alaska), hot and humid (Saint Kitts)

Richard Niebusch, Lecturer



Vickie Winegar, Secretary Senior

CWU Ellensburg Campus MS# 7575 

Psychology Building, Room 269
Phone:  509-963-1804

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