Child Life and Family Studies Department
Child Life and Family Studies Faculty
Catherine Donahue, Associate Professor
Carolyn Kurker Gallagher, Instructor
Suzanne Graca, Instructor
Ann Herzog, Instructor
Paul Thayer, Associate Professor and Co-chair
Claire White, Assistant Professor and Co-chair
The Child Life and Family Studies Department prepares students to impact the lives of children, adults, and their families across the lifespan. Students learn ways to collaborate and advocate for the needs of children and families in hospitals and healthcare organizations, family support programs, and human service agencies. Wheelock's programs are flexible and wide-ranging and prepare students to enhance family and community life in our society, serving families from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances.
Wheelock's Child Life programs are nationally and internationally known. The Wheelock Child Life degree program was the first academic program in the country, established in 1972. The department offers an MS degree in Child Life, an MS degree in Birth to Three: Infant, Toddler & Family Specialist, a graduate Certificate in Parenting Education, an undergraduate Certificate in Community Based Human Services, and an undergraduate minor in Child Health.