Associate Professor of Child Life and Family Studies
Office: Hawes 009C, Brookline Campus
B.A. (Child Development/Elementary Education) 1972, Stonehill College
M.Ed. (Moderate Special Needs/Early Childhood) 1979, Lesley University
Ed.D. (Human Development-Infant and Family Studies) 1998, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Catherine Donahue joined the faculty at Wheelock in 1987, following 15 years of clinical and administrative experience in child care, early intervention, public school, infant research projects, and advocacy for policy in early childhood special education.
She completed her doctorate in Human Development- Infancy at UMass-Amherst. Her dissertation research was ethnography in Cork, Ireland, which explored cultural influences on parenting, illness, and resilience. This research has become the first part of a longitudinal study on resilience.
She has trained professionals nationally and internationally on assessment, curriculum, transdisciplinary teaming, advocacy, and research. She has worked as a consultant on several national and international training projects to support teachers in early head start, early childhood, elementary, and special education settings.
Donahue coordinated the former Graduate Program in Birth to Three: Development & Intervention since 1989 and now teaches courses in infant development, risk and resilience, assessment and curriculum, infant mental health, and research. Other research projects have included professional identify of infant educators, parents beliefs about play and early learning, and the empowerment of preservice practitioners through action research.
She has a Certificate in Filmmaking from Boston University CDIA and has made short documentary films in Boston, Ireland, and Singapore. She works with practitioners in education and human service programs to incorporate digital film for research, documentation, and curriculum in their work with children and families.