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Sumayyah Allazzam

E-mail: saah7d@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Al-Rass, Saudi Arabia
Professional/Research Interests: Parenting practices across cultures, early childhood development, attachment.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Sumayyah received a BS in Psychology from Worcester State University in 2016. She is currently working toward a MA in Family Studies.


Megan Doss

Megan Doss

E-mail: mndrdc@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Professional/Research Interests: Helping children and families normalize and cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Megan received a BA in Art History from Rhodes College in 2014. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.


Shelby Hicks

Shelby Hicks

E-mail: slhbbz@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Macon, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Children and families in health care settings, particularly children ages 0-3 years of age.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Shelby received a BS in Psychology from Missouri Western State University in 2017. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.

"After completing my Master’s degree, I plan to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist with a focus on infants and toddlers. I intend on taking my Child Life career internationally to serve on the mission field."


Rebecca Jewell

Rebecca Jewell

E-mail: rdj5h8@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Bailey's Prairie, Texas
Professional/Research Interests: Death and bereavement, therapeutic play, developmental psychology, long term hospitalization and chronic illness.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Rebecca received a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas in 2015. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.

"After completing my Masters, I hope to work as a child life specialist in a children’s hospital and contribute to research in the field."


Rebecca Leaf

Rebecca Leaf

E-mail: rebeccaleaf@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
Professional/Research Interests: Parent/adolescent relationships, how parents and siblings influence how adolescent sexuality develops, sexual decision-making in adolescents.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Rebecca received a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2016. She is currently working toward a MS in Human Development and Family Sciences.


Kendall Malkin

Kendall Malkin

E-mail: krm6w7@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Professional/Research Interests: Working with children and families in stressful situations; chronic illnesses/disabilities; healthcare communication and relationships; and communication barriers.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Kendall received a BS in Child Life from the University of Missouri in 2017. She is currently working toward a MS in Child Life ("Fast Track" program).

"After completing my Masters in Child Life, I hope to start a career working with children and families in the healthcare setting, perhaps in the Emergency Department or wherever I am needed. Another focus is to work with those with chronic disabilities or illnesses. I eventually want to have a leadership role and/or go back to teach Child Life classes."


Eric Salinas

Eric Salinas

E-mail: eesbvn@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Riverside, California
Professional/Research Interests: Latino families, parenting, adolescent development, and academic outcomes.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Eric received a BA in Psychology from the University of California-Riverside in 2016. He is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Science.


Kayla White

Kayla White

E-mail: kayla.white@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Huntindon, Tennessee
Professional/Research Interests: How children and families react and cope to traumatic circumstances and the effects of terminal illness on the family unit.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Kayla received a BS in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.

"After completing my Masters, I plan to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital. I also hope to educate people in other fields about the benefits of child life in various environments such as schools and funeral homes."