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 (e.g. – educating a committee on the process of conducting a literature review)
  • May be recruited to lead or participate in strategic projects (internal to ACLP or in partnership with other organizations)
  • Maintain ACLP membership and certification in good standing 

Research Fellows Receive...

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

  • Special recognition at conference (walk in slides, badge ribbon, etc.)
  • Special recognition on member profile
  • Exclusive badge for ACLP Research Fellows (can be used in email signatures, on social media, resumes, other documents, etc.)

Selection Criteria for Research Fellows 

  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Member of ACLP for at least the past 5 consecutive years
  • Minimum of 3 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • PhD, and/or documented involvement in research design and conduct 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

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.

ACLP Research Fellows Application

Applications are currently closed for the ACLP Research Fellows. Check back in Fall of 2022 to apply for the 2022 Class of ACLP Research Fellows. 

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

Current Research Fellows

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