Stephanie Whitten

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Life Clinical Coordinator

Professor Whitten is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) with a clinical background in oncology, neurology, and emergency care.

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 2016-present
Children's of Mississippi Child Life Specialist 2015-2016
The University of Alabama Adjunct Instructor

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Association of Child Life Professionals Bulletin Committee - Editorial Member 2022-present Professional
Child Life Academic Society Founders Council 2022-present Professional
Child Life Academic Society Membership Criteria Committee 2022-present Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Mentor Program - Mentor 2020-present Professional
Association of Child Life Professionals Child Life Certification Commission - Exam Item Writer 2018-2020 Professional

Current Classes

Fall 2022:

  • HDFS 3900: Prenatal and Infant Development
  • HDFS 4810/6810: Hospitalized Child and Family
  • HDFS 4830S/6830S: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

Spring 2023:

  • HDFS 4820/6820: Child Life Interventions
  • HDFS 4900S/6900S: Seminar in Human Development and Family Science (More than a Four-Legged Friend: The Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy)
  • HDFS 5910: Applied Community Internship in Human Development and Family Science

Publications

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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