Defining Legacy: A study of Pediatric Patients, Parents, and Providers

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Legacy is more than a hand mold, yet current research has done little to define what a legacy can be, contain, and accomplish. Therefore, this presentation will detail the results of a qualitative study about the legacy perceptions of pediatric healthcare providers, hospitalized children, and their caregivers. By exploring how these groups understand legacy, child life professionals can inform, improve, and individualize legacy interventions.  SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention

Participants will review the current research base concerning legacy theories and legacy building interventions.
Participants will consider the ways in which legacy concepts and theories function in a multidisciplinary pediatric hospital environment.
Participants will identify similarities and differences in conceptions of legacy across pediatric healthcare providers, pediatric patients, and their caregivers.
Participants will explore the implications of this research for legacy building interventions in child life practice.

Sophie Apple


Sophie attended Vanderbilt for both her undergraduate and masters degree and recently received her M.Ed. In Applied Child Studies. She completed her internship at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in August 2018. Sophie has a passion for research in the field of child life and spent much of her time in school and beyond working on research in the area of legacy building interventions at the end life

Jessika Boles


Jessika Boles, PhD, CCLS is a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has nearly ten years of clinical experience, in addition to several years of academic and research training in applied child development, education, and psychology. She has published work in various medical and psychosocial journals, and has presented at national and international conferences in child development, psychology, education and child life. In her spare time, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to working with children and families in hospitals and research methods, and is currently serving as the chair of the Academic Review Committee of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Kristen Brady


Kristen Brady is a Certified Child Life Specialist working in the Outpatient Clinics at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Child Development from Vanderbilt University in 2016 and her Master's of Education in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Her research interests include legacy-building in hospital settings and young children's ability to learn social emotional skills through technology.


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