A Crash Course on Reading and Interpreting Empirical Research Articles
This webinar will provide an introduction to reading and interpreting empirical research articles related to the child life profession, with a focus on identifying rigorous research studies. Current research articles will be discussed, including analyses of articles written by Certified Child Life Specialists.
Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• List the components of a research article.
• Understand what information is provided in each section of a research article.
• Differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methodology.
• Understand the three major issues with empirical research: sampling, measurement, and problem identification.
• Analyze research articles to determine flaws in study design.
• Understand common challenges encountered when conducting rigorous psychosocial research.
Domain: Professional Responsibility
Ph.D., CCLS, CFLE
Brittany Wittenberg is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University and a Certified Child Life Specialist. Brittany completed her PhD, MA, and BS in Human Development and Family Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2009–2016, Brittany practiced as a child life specialist in the Surgical Services Department at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, Texas.
Megan Cassani MA, CCLS, CIMI, has been a certified Child Life Specialist at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital since 2014. Megan graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with patients of all ages. Megan has worked to develop a family-centered care child life program promoting caregiver and sibling coping as well as family bonding and connectedness.
Dottie Barnhart is a former teacher turned child life assistant who now works as a General Pediatric Child Life Specialist. She completed undergrad at the University of Texas in Austin, with a double major in English Literature and Spanish Language. After teaching for 5 years, she returned to school to complete a Master's Degree in Family and Child Development at Texas State University. Her passions include trauma-informed care, research, interprofessional collaboration among the healthcare team, and hiking. She is a mom to a one year old, and has been married to her husband Matt for 5 years.