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Professor, Clinical & School Psychology
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Education and Credentials
  • Ph. D. University of Virginia, Institute of Clinical Psychology,
    Concentration in Clinical Child and School Psychology (APA Accredited)
  • Internship, Judge Baker Child Guidance Center-Boston Children's Hospital
    Harvard Medical School (APA Accredited)
  • M. A. T. DePauw University – Concentration in Reading
  • B. A. Elementary Education and Special Education
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (VA)
  • Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

Anne Stewart is a Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Stewart is a member of the inaugural JMU "Be the Change" Hall of Fame. This initiative honors JMU faculty, students, and alumni living Gandhi's counsel to be the change you want to see in the world a belief which is manifested in Dr. Stewart's accomplishments in teaching, discovery, knowledge integration, and service.

 Dr. Stewart invites students to use the community as their textbook, extending the classroom's boundaries across the campus, the surrounding community, and internationally. She teaches systems and family theory, play therapy, interprofessional ethics and practice and clinical supervision. Her research examines the quality of parent-child interactions and attachment-based interventions. Her expectation to think deliberately about how course knowledge can impact the world has helped students develop professional identities that are theoretically grounded yet relevant to practical needs. She challenges students to cultivate an ethic of personal and social responsibility as practitioners, scholars, and global citizens.

Dr. Stewart promotes resilience and attachment in children through projects around the world, including Sri Lanka and India following the tsunami. Dr. Stewart designed and implemented intervention and research programs addressing psychosocial problems resulting from landmines in Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Vietnam, and Mozambique. She served as a consultant following Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech shootings, and central Virginia earthquake. Along with colleagues and students, she provided play-based therapeutic services to children of deployed Virginia National Guard soldiers. Her writings include Play Therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice, Creative Crisis Intervention Techniques with Children and Families and Suddenly Military: Play-based Interventions for Deployed National Guard and Reserve Families.

She is the founder and president of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and recipient of the national play therapy Distinguished Service Award, the JMU "All Together One" Award, the College Award for Distinguished Service, the Virginia Counselor's Association "Humanitarian and Caring Person" Award, and the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award.

Scholarly Interests / Research Topics
  • Parent-child interactions and attachment-based interventions
  • Interprofessional international education and collaboration
  • Crisis intervention and social resilience
  • Military-connected families
  • Mine risk education and humanitarian demining
Current Projects

Parent-Child Interaction Research and Attachment-based Interventions
This interest group is engaged in examining clinical interventions and supervision with the director of the Virginia Child and Family Attachment Center, Dr. Bill Whelan. Our goal is to create additional clinical and research projects. Dr. Whelan, students and I collaborate on conducting an attachment-informed parenting program and creating a data-base of play-based parent-child interactions. 

Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) Teams
These teams include a variety of activities including team-teaching and IPEC facilitation, providing integrated behavioral health service, conducting research in interprofessional education and collaboration and establishing international IPEC activities (India and Costa Rica). Through the JMU Department of Nursing, a HRSA grant was awarded to offer interprofessional course activities with students in clinical psychology, communication and speech disorders and nursing. The focus of the grant and subsequent initiatives is to learn and practice IPEC competencies with clients with complex and chronic health and mental health conditions. 

Center for International Stabilization and Recovery
Scholarship partners also includes the Center for International Stabilization and JMU centered groups engaged in efforts to promote social justice, reduce social unrest, and enhance positive outcomes for children, families and communities impacted by violence.

Selected Publications
  • Stewart, A. L., Marrero, A., & Pellegrino, J.  (2018). Play-based interventions with preteens. In E. Green, J. Baggerly and A. Myrick (Eds.) Play therapy with preteens.  New York, NY: Rowan &  Littlefield.
  • Rozensky, R.H., Grus, C.L., Goodie, J. L., Bonin, L., Carpenter, B.D., Miller, B.F., Ross, K.M., Rybarczyk, B.D., Stewart, A., & McDaniel, S.H. (2018). A Curriculum for an Interprofessional Seminar on Integrated Primary Care:  Developing Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Journal of Allied Health, 47, 61-66.
  • Stewart, A. L., & Echterling, L. G. (2017). The sound of silence in play therapy. In C. Malchiodi & D. Crenshaw (Eds.) What to do when children clam up in therapy. (pp. 69-86). New York, NY: Guilford Press. 
  • Stewart, A. L. & Whelan, W. (2016 ). Disruption and dissolution in adoption and foster care. In N. Boyd-Webb, Play therapy with children in crisis, 4th edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Crenshaw, D. & Stewart, A. L. (2015). Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice. New York, New York: Guilford Press.
  • Echterling, L. G., & Stewart, A. L. (2015). Resiliency in early childhood. In T. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.)Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion(2nd ed.) (pp. 877-886). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Stewart, A. L., & Echterling, L. G. (2014). Play and the therapeutic relationship. In C. Schaefer and A. Drewes (Eds.) The therapeutic powers of play (2nd edition), (pp. 157-169). New York, NY: Wiley & Sons.
  • Stewart, A. L., Whelan, W. F., & Pendleton, C. (2013). Attachment and play therapy. In D. Crenshaw and C. Malchiodi (Eds.) Attachment and play therapy. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Echterling, L. G., & Stewart, A. L. (2010). Pathways to resilience at Virginia Tech. In J. Webber, D. D. Bass, & R. Yep (Eds.) Terrorism, trauma and tragedies: A counselor's guide to preparing and responding. (3rd ed.) Washington: American Counseling Association.
  • Akerson, E., Stewart, A. L., Baldwin, J., Gloeckner, J., Bryson, B., & Cockley, D.(2013). Got Ethics? Exploring the value of interprofessional collaboration through a comparison of discipline specific codes of ethics. American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Echterling, L. G., & Stewart, A. L. (2011). Safe Haven Saturdays: A community-based program
    for promoting resilience and attachment in deployed military families. VISTAS 2011.
  • Johnson, C, Stewart, A. L., Brabeck, M., Huber, V., & Rubin, H. (2004). Interprofessional collaboration: Implications for combined-integrated doctoral training in professional psychology. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60, 995-1001.
Selected Presentations
  • Stewart, A. L. (2019, June). A breath of fresh air: Promoting attachment with nature-based play therapy. A presentation for the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Arlington, VA.
  • Stewart, A. L. & Marrero, A. (2019, February). The ABC’s of play-based interventions for school psychologists. A presentation for the National Association of School Psychologists conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Stewart, A. L., Dobner-Pereira, J., Jarrett, H., Hardman, S., Decker, C., & Pogue, E. (2019, March). Nature, nurture, and play to support emotional development: giving children roots and wings through attachment-informed play. A presentation for The Association for the Study of Play, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Anolik Katz, S. & Stewart, A. (2018, November). Attachment and cultural systems approach to understanding sexual violence. Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Washington, DC.
  • Holthaus, E., Haase, C. & Stewart, A. L. (2018, October). Trauma-informed care: A framework for understanding and addressing trauma and its impact on athletes.  A presentation for the Association for Applied Sports Psychology Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Bratton, S. & Stewart, A. L. (2018, October). Creating deep connections: Trauma-informed play therapy supervision. Presented at the international Association for Play Therapy conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Stewart, A. L., Pritzker, E., & Larsen, V. (2018, September). Playfully connect with tweens: Enhance emotional regulation, perspective-taking, and self-understanding. Presented at the international Association for Play Therapy conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Akerson, E. & Stewart, A. L., & Dean, A. (2017, November). Building cultural competency workshop: A toolbox. Presented at the American Public Health Association conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Rozensky, R.H., Grus, C.L., Goodie, J.L., Bonin, L., Carpenter, B.D., Miller, B.F., Ross, K.M.  Rybarczyk, B.D., Stewart, A., & McDaniel, S.H. (2017, October). Developing competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: A curriculum for an interprofessional seminar on integrated primary care. Poster presented at the Collaborating Across Borders VI Conference, Banff, Canada. 
  • Brinton, C. B., Stewart, A. L., & Hoyt, T. (2017, August). A mixed methods analysis of the relationship between military belongingness and post-traumatic growth.  Poster presented at the Military Health Systems Research Symposium, Orlando, Florida. 
  • Rozensky, R.H., Grus, C.L., Goodie, J.L., Bonin, L., Carpenter, B.D., Miller, B.F., Ross, K.M.  Rybarczyk, B.D., Stewart, A., & McDaniel, S.H. (2017, August).  Developing competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: A curriculum for an interprofessional seminar on integrated primary care. Presentation at the American Psychological Association conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Stewart, A. L. (2017, April).  Promoting Attachment through Playing in Nature: Giving Children Roots and Wings. A presentation for the Children in Nature Network conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Stewart, A. L. (2017, March). I hope you dance: Promoting resilience through trauma informed care. A workshop for the Central Valley Counselors Association, Weyers Cave, VA.
  • Stewart, A. L. & Atwood, K. (2016, October). Physicians and teachers and parents, Oh my! Play therapists and interprofessional collaboration. A presentation for the International Association for Play Therapy, Louisville, KY.
  • Stewart, A. L., Echterling, L., & Czysczczon, G. (2016, June). The magic and neuroscience of play therapy. A presentation for the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Arlington, VA.
  • Dudding, C., Strang, S., Hulton, L., Stewart, A., & Harnage, J. (2016, June). Virtual world training for real world solutions. A presentation for the National Academies of Practice, Washington, DC.

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