Research Fellows

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

Research fellows provide the following:

  • 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

In addition, one Research Fellow is appointed as the Lead Research Fellow. The Lead Fellow is selected by a majority vote of all Research Fellows for a term of three years. An individual can be elected lead fellow multiple times but cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms as chief fellow.

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 as well as serving as a liaison to the ACLP Board of Directors and executive leadership.

Criteria for Research Fellows

All Research Fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • 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

Current Research Fellows

The following list showcases the ACLP Research Fellows.