Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mary Anne Peabody Ed.D., LCSW, RPT-S

Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location

208F, LAC



Academic Degrees

  • Ph. D. in Executive Leadership
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Counseling
  • Master’s in Social Work
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology and Recreational Therapy


Mary Anne Peabody, Ed.D., LCSW, RPT-S is a licensed clinical social worker and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She holds a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership, a certificate of advanced graduate study in School Counseling, a master’s degree in Social Work, and bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Recreational therapy.

She has served as President of the National Association for Play Therapy, was the co-founder of the play therapy certificate program at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University and a founding member of the Maine Association for Play therapy. She has co-published chapters in play therapy texts and is the creator of several published therapeutic board games for children. She is the co-author of the Same Sky Sharing curriculum, a small group intervention to help children with a parent in the military cope with deployment. She has provided training for a variety of broader social and emotional training efforts throughout the United States and Canada.

Prior to coming to USM LAC she served as the Deputy Director of National Services with Children’s Institute; a non-profit agency affiliated with the University of Rochester in New York where she directed Primary Project, an evidenced based school adjustment program implemented across the country. Prior to her work at Children’s Institute, she worked in public elementary schools as a school counselor/social worker, in private practice, in residential treatment and in children’s hospitals as a Child Life Specialist.

She is a wife and mom of two adult children and loves to mix playfulness and teaching.

Research Interests

Peabody's research interests are in play therapy and play based approaches for children and families, emotionally responsive language, reflective practice and supervision, and play based pedagogy.