Sarah Patterson, MSc, CCLS – Director
Sarah Patterson is an Assistant Professor and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care Program at McMaster University.
Sarah’s child life career has spanned over 28 years, providing care to children in a number of clinical areas, with a specialization in solid organ transplant care. Sarah has been an educator, teaching at several North American universities since 2001.
Sarah is a subject matter expert consultant for international child life and pediatric psychosocial care training. Within her career, Sarah has been involved in ongoing training and education initiatives in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Sarah has been involved actively within the ACLP, holding a number of committee leadership roles, journal reviews, mentorships, leadership and partnership developments and involvement internationally providing pediatric psychosocial care training.
Sarah is grateful to all child life leaders that have pioneered and paved the way for her career. Sarah believes that the child life profession continues to thrive and flourish in novel and innovative areas. Emotional safety and clinical simulation based learning are initiatives Sarah is excited to be involved in. Sarah is also thankful to the ACLP for championing leadership within DEI initiatives and the training she is involved with.