Emily B Goldstein

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

PhD Student & Graduate Teaching Assistant

I am a second-year PhD student who is passionate about child life research.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Master of Science Human Development and Family Studies University of Alabama May 2021
Bachelor of Science Human Development and Family Studies, Child Life University of Alabama May 2019


Most of my research is focused on enhancing quantitative research within the child life field. My area of specialization is disability studies, so I am particularly interested in hopsitalization and child life experiences of children with disabilities.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Student Research Recognition Award Association of Child Life Professionals 2022


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Association of Child Life Professionals Abstract Review Committee 2021-2023 Professional Development
HDFS Graduate Student Organization Vice President 2022-2023 Leadership

Advisory Committee

Dr. Diane Bales (HDFS, UGA)

Dr. Noel Card (HDFS, UGA)

Dr. Carol Lawson (IHDD, UGA)

Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader (HDFS, University of Alabama)


Goldstein, E., Burns-Nader, S., Casper, D., Parker, J. (2022). Examining Implementation of Child Life Services with Facility Dogs. Journal of Child Health Care.

Lukas, M., Avery, G., Burns-Nader, S., Goldstein, E., & Schmitz, A. (2022). Exploring child life specialists’ perspective on the role and benefits of child life in Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations. Children’s Health Care.

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