February 25, 2014
USM LAC Professor Dr. Mary Anne Peabody recently was a speaker at the United States Play Coalition Annual conference held at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Dr. Peabody’s presented a talk entitled “At the corner of play and pedagogy: Exploring interdisciplinary undergraduate students and faculty perceptions of play based reflective practices”. The presentation was selected as part of the Conference’s program, Collaboration and Creativity in Partnership with International Play Association/USA.
In her presentation Dr. Peabody explored the use of play based interventions as reflective practice tools to enhance student’s knowledge and skills in becoming reflective practitioners. Peabody also recently co-authored a book chapter with colleagues, Dr. Anne Stewart and Dr. Jessica Umhoefer of James Madison University in Virginia, on Play therapy with military-connected children and families. In the chapter, applications of a resiliency model utilizing play therapy approaches with children experiencing parental deployment are explored. The book will be released later in 2014.
Peabody joined the faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program at USM LAC in September 2013. She had previously served as clinical faculty for Children’s Institute affiliated with the University of Rochester, New York and as an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University graduate play therapy program in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She received her doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.