ACLP Research Fellows

This prestigious advisory group will provide an opportunity to recognize leading researchers in the field of child life. 

Research Fellows...

  • Provide subject matter expertise to ACLP on a consult basis
  • Serve as informal mentors to aspiring child life researchers
  • Serve as a research consultant to ACLP committees, task forces, or working groups
  • May be recruited to lead or participate in strategic projects
  • Maintain ACLP membership and certification in good standing 
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Research Fellows Receive...

  • Honorary recognition as the highest/most exclusive ACLP membership level

  • Special recognition at conference
  • Special recognition on member profile
  • Exclusive badge for ACLP Research Fellows
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Selection Criteria for Research Fellows 

  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Member of ACLP in good standing
  • Minimum of 3 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Documented experience in research study design, research study execution, research analysis, and evidence-based practice
  • Documented experience with academic writing
  • Dedication to expanding the evidence base for child life practice
  • Presentation experience at non-child life conferences preferred
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ACLP Research Fellows Application


Note: The Research Fellow application requires a resume and writing samples. Please review the materials needed before starting your application. 

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Lead Fellow Role

  • The first lead fellow will be appointed by the ACLP Board of Directors and serve for a term of 3 years. Subsequent lead fellows will be elected by a majority vote of all Research Fellows for a term of 3 years. An individual can be elected lead fellow multiple times but cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms as chief fellow.
  • The lead fellow will serve as a liaison and first point of contact between ACLP leadership and staff and the research fellows.
  • The lead fellow is responsible for staying up to date on the skills and experiences available within the fellows and identifying gaps that might be filled by future fellow appointments.
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Current Research Fellows

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