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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Amy M. Claridge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 


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

Current CWU students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Claridge. Prospective students, please e-mail Dr. Claridge to schedule an appointment.

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:

FCL 101: Skills for Marriage and Intimate Relationships *
FCL 232: Child Development *
FCL 335: Divorce and Remarriage *
FCL 336: Parent Education and Guidance *
FCL 344: Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
FCL 419: Research in Family and Child Life
FCL 438: Attachment Theory and Practice*
FCL 534: Therapeutic Applications of Child Development
FCL 501: Research Methods

* 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 unplanned pregnancy and ways in which it influences couple relationships and coparenting during the transition to parenthood. Recently I have been working on an interdiscplinary project examinign the experiences of women in pregnancy and the postpartum during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also 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 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 Family and Child Life 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 sweet dog.


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