As a certified child life specialist, I worked at a children’s hospital for 10 years. Within the multidisciplinary focus of the hospital, I had the opportunity to help start the pediatric pain management work group and to work on the end of life committee, the family centered care work group, and the teen advisory council. My work at the hospital allowed me to work with child life students at both the practicum and intern level. My clinical experience me to teach part time and eventually transition to teach full time.
As the Director of the Child Life Graduate Program, I now share my knowledge and experiences with the next generation of child development professionals preparing to work with children and families in health care settings. I have completed my doctorate in Special Education. My dissertation was entitled “Communication Between Home And School For Parents Of Children With Chronic Illness”. I look forward to continuing this research looking at the perspective of the educators, health care providers, and the children with chronic illness.
Research Interests & Areas
Communication: parent-professional, working with CSHCN, multi-disciplinary teams
Children and healthcare: pain management, end of life, grief and bereavement, family centered care, impact of long term and chronic illness on development
EDD Special Education
Illinois State University
Child Life Council
MS Human Development & Family Studies
Universty of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign
Grants & Contracts
Development of undergraduate research projects and symposium in Family & Consumer Sciences. CTLT Teaching Innovation Grant. Illinois State University. (2018)
Development of undergraduate research projects and symposium in Family & Consumer Sciences. CTLTTeaching Innovation Grant. Illinois State University. (2018)