Stephanie Whitten

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Clinical Assistant Professor and Child Life Clinical Coordinator

Professor Whitten is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.S. Human Development and Family Studies The University of Alabama 2015
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life The University of Alabama 2013

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Child Life Specialist II 7
The University of Alabama Adjunct Instructor 7
Children's of Mississippi Child Life Specialist 1

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Student Career Success Influencer Award 2024 UGA Career Center 2024
Teaching Academy Early Career Fellow UGA Teaching Academy 2023

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Child Life Academic Society Academic Best Practice Commitee 2024-present Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Bulletin Committee - Editor 2023-present Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Education and Training Committee 2023-present Professional
UGA Human Development and Family Science Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 2022-present Department
Association of Child Life Professionals Bulletin Committee - Reviewer 2022-2023 Professional
Child Life Academic Society Founders Council 2022-2023 Professional
Child Life Academic Society Membership Criteria Committee 2022-2023 Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Mentorship Program - Professional Mentor 2020-2023 Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Child Life Certification Commission - Exam Item Writer 2018-2020 Professional

Scholarly Activities

Whitten, S., Bales, D. & Thompson, C. (May 2024) It Takes Two: Academic and Clinical Approaches to Building Students’ Self-Reflective Practice. Presentation at the 2024 Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Davies, K. & Whitten, S. (May 2024) Paws for Reflection: Exploring Education and Training Pathways of Certified Child Life Specialist Facility Dog Handlers in Pediatric Healthcare. Poster Presentation at the 2024 Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Grace, C. & Wolff, K. (Hosts). (2023, September 26). Diane Bales and Stephanie Whitten (Episode 56) [Audio podcast episode] EdsUP! https://soundcloud.com/edsup_podcast/edsup-episode-56-diane-bales-and-stephannie-whitten

Whitten, S. & Goldstein, E. (July 2023) Designing and Implementing an Animal-Assisted Interventions Course with a Service-Learning Requirement. Presented at the 2023 Southeastern Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, Auburn, AL.

Simpson, H. & Whitten, S. (May 2022) This Couldn’t Have Been an Email: The Benefits of a Daily Team Huddle. Poster Presentation at the 40th Annual Child Life Conference, Association of Child Life Professionals, National Harbor, MD.

Current Classes

Summer 2024:

  • HDFS 4830E/6830E: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HDFS 4140E/6140E: Medical Terminology for the Child Life Profession
  • HDFS 7210: Child Life Practicum

Fall 2024:

  • HDFS 3900: Prenatal and Infant Development
  • HDFS 4810/6810: Hospitalized Child and Family
  • HDFS 4830S/6830S: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HDFS 7210: Child Life Practicum
  • HDFS 8910: Current Research and Issues in Human Development and Family Science (Co-instructor)

Spring 2024:

  • HDFS 4900S/6900S: Seminar in Human Development and Family Science (More than a Four-Legged Friend: The Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy)
  • HDFS 4910/6910: Early and Middle Childhood
  • HDFS 6820: Child Life Interventions
  • HDFS 8910: Current Research and Issues in Human Development and Family Science (Co-instructor)

Current Research

Whitten, S. & Burns-Nader, S. (Development). A Mixed-Methods Convergent Investigation of the Inclusive Teaching Experiences of Child Life Instructors and Students.

Davies, K. & Whitten, S. (Analysis). Paws for Reflection: Exploring Education and Training Pathways of Certified Child Life Specialist Facility Dog Handlers in Pediatric Healthcare.

Journal Articles

Burns-Nader, S., Whitten, S., Davis, F., Lacour, W., Chavez, M., Bodden, T, & Hudson, C. (2017). Then and now: Examining memories of pediatric experiences and their influence on opinions about healthcare as an adult. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(1), 20-34.

Burns-Nader, S., Atencio, S., & Chavez, M. (2016). Computer tablet distraction in children receiving an injection. Pain Medicine, 17(3), 590-596.

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