Allie Jones, CCLS
Child Life Specialist and Practicum Coordinator
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
After dabbling with career aspirations in the differing worlds of law enforcement and theater performance, Allie settled into child life - a career that allows her to engage in the intensity of healthcare while speaking in silly accents to promote play!
Receiving a degree in Elementary Education from John Brown University (Allie especially loves diagnosis education), Allie went on to complete her practicum at the Children's Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, OK and internship at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Allie's first full-time role was as the sole CCLS at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago before transitioning to the role she is in now: a CCLS and practicum coordinator at Northwestern Medicine's Central DuPage Hospital. Though Allie spends much of her time in the outpatient oncology/hematology clinic, she also consults to all areas of the hospital. Whether serving in Diagnostic Imaging, working with children of adult patients in the ICUs, or handling bereavements in Labor and Delivery, Allie appreciates the diverse experiences she encounters.
Allie's passion for uniting child life professionals has inspired her to create the Child Life Cooperative, a website which provides a weekly blog of honest and vulnerable reflections, a podcast that showcases CCLS's stories from the field, and a hub for free student and professional development resources.