Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians

The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.

Learning Objectives:

1.) Attendees will be able to recite the main approaches for conducting clinical research.

2.) Attendees will be able to identify a research approach that is most suitable for use in their own setting. 

3.) Attendees will be able to access resources that assist in implementing clinical research into their practice.

Domain: Professional Responsibility 

Kathryn Cantrell


Kathryn Cantrell, PhD, CCLS, is a child psychologist and child life specialist on faculty at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kathryn volunteers for the Association of Child Life Professionals and is the executive editor of the ACLP Bulletin and Child Life Focus. Her social justice research explores narrative interventions for youth who experience both societal oppression and chronic illness. She has published her research in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented at many international conferences.


12/11/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
12/11/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.50 PDU credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDU credits  |  Certificate available