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Child Development & Family Science
Michaelsen 100
(509) 963-2766

Amy M. Claridge, Ph.D., LMFT

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Associate Professor 


Office: Michaelsen 327
Office phone: 509-963-2758

Current CWU students and prospective students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Claridge or e-mail with inquiries.

Education & Certifications:

Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Florida State University
M.Ed., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Oregon
B.A., Psychology, University of Oregon

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (WA #LF 60492102)

Courses I teach:

CDFS 101: Skills for Marriage and Intimate Relationships *
CDFS 232: Child Development *
CDFS 335: Divorce and Remarriage *
CDFS 236: Parent Education and Guidance *
CDFS 344: Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
CDFS 419: Research in Child Development and Family Science
CDFS 438: Attachment Theory and Practice*
CDFS 501: Research Methods
CDFS 534: Therapeutic Applications of Child Development
CDFS 582: Curriculum Development *

* offered online

About me:

My research is focused on informing prevention and early intervention with at-risk families in order to promote healthy child development. I specifically study the experience of unintended pregnancy and ways in which it influences couple relationships and coparenting during the transition to parenthood. I am interested in identifying protective factors in the prenatal and postpartum period to support women's mental health and am part of a team studying the experiences of pregnant and postpartum women during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also broadly interested in evaluating and improving the effectiveness of interventions delivered to underserved, multistressed families. My research interests are informed by my clinical experiences. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in Washington. 

I'm also involved in conducting research to assess the efficacy of child life services to promote healthy child and parent outcomes during child hospitalization. I'm interested in the experiences of children and their families in the hospital and in outpatient medical environments and work to promote family- and child-centered. I serve as the director of the Family Resource Center, and in that role facilitate parenting education groups and conduct family-related research.

I'm the director of the undergraduate and graduate Child Development & Family Science programs, so please contact me with any questions about the programs.

I love working at CWU! I moved here in 2014 from Tallahassee, Florida. I grew up in Oregon and love being back in the Northwest and close to family. In my spare time, I love exploring this incredible region by hiking, camping, and kayaking with my partner, two little boys, and dog.


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