I currently work as Professor of Human Services at Western Washington University, where I teach courses in interviewing, human services and systems, and applied research methods. I also supervise students in practicum/internship placements. Most of my research takes a look at children’s lives outside of formal schooling. Drawing on perspectives from fields such as psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, and education, I examine the design of activities, relationships, organizations, and sociocultural systems that support children’s development and well-being. I am also interested in figuring out how we can do a better job of helping pre-service teachers and human services professionals understand the communities and services that support children outside of formal schooling.
I received an AB degree in Psychology from Occidental College, and then went on to complete a doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Cornell University and a postdoctoral fellowship in sociocultural studies of childhood at University of Utah. Between 1991-2000 I held joint appointments in Human Learning, Development, and Instruction and Special Education in the Department of Educational Counseling and Psychology and Special Education (ECPS) at the University of British Columbia (1991-2000). I then joined the Human Services faculty at Western Washington University where I served as chair of the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation from 2000-2006 and 2007-2010.
Over the years I have also worked in adolescent residential psychiatric treatment, emergency room and forensic psychiatric services, early childhood services, and as a research methods and training consultant for education and nonprofit organizations.
Jackie (Baker) Sennett, PhD
Human Services Program: Miller Hall 315E
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225