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). 


Kathleen McCue, MA, LSW, CCLS

Kathleen McCue has worked with families and children in health care for most of her 42-year career as both a child life specialist and child life administrator. In the 15 years prior to retirement in 2014, her time was divided between helping children deal with the illness of a loved adult and working with both adults and children facing traumatic events. Kathleen has lectured across the country and internationally on topics related to loss and death, trauma and critical incidents, pain management, child abuse, and child/family development. She has served as president and secretary of the Child Life Council and has chaired various committees. In her spare time, Kathleen served as a volunteer fire fighter and EMT in her rural community in Ohio. She now resides in central Texas.  


Anne Mohl, PhD, CCLS

Anne came to child life as a second career after earning a doctorate in human development at the University of Maryland, doing some teaching and research, and spending time raising her family. She practiced clinically at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, working in the pediatric urology and pediatric oncology outpatient clinics. After volunteering on the Focus Review Board, Anne was tapped to serve as associate editor and then executive editor of Bulletin/Focus, and after finishing her term, she began working as a consultant to ACLP, serving as managing editor of the publications and also as webinar coordinator. 

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