The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice

Editorial Contributors


Kathryn Cantrell, PhD, CCLS

Kathryn Cantrell is an Assistant Professor teaching child life, human development, and counseling at Texas Woman's University. Kathryn previously worked as a child life specialist with children and families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She earned her doctorate in Counseling and School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and has worked as a child and family therapist throughout the Boston area. Kathryn's qualitative research explores the impact of stigma and discrimination on the identity development of youth and young adults with chronic illness. Kathryn has served on a number of ACLP committees including chairing the Scientific Advancement of Professional Subcommittees (formerly known as the Research and Scholarship Committee). In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys painting and gardening. 


 

Alison Chrisler, PhD, CCLS  

Dr. Alison Chrisler currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at American University. Dr. Chrisler's child life experience included working in outpatient surgery at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and running a one-person child life program at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. She earned her PhD at Michigan State University in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Chrisler's research and evaluation experience focuses on working with children, youth, and families that are often overlooked, with a special emphasis on hospitalized children, youth experiencing homelessness, and LGBTQ youth. For almost 10 years, she has served on a number of ACLP committees including the Conference Host Committee and the Scientific Advancement of Professional Subcommittees (formerly known as the Research and Scholarship Committee). 

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