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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Health Professions
and Education

Psychology-Child Life Major


Melodee K. Moltman, M.S.

Associate Professor of Psychology-Child Life

Phone: (315) 792-3098
Office: 203 Faculty Center


"My inspiration for being involved in child life happened as a clinician. I realized that I had found the perfect mix in Child Life. I was working in what I consider 'preventative mental health' when I was working with children and families learning to cope with chronic illness and disability."

- M. Moltman


  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • M.S. in Leadership in Early Childhood Hospitalized Children and Families
    Wheelock College, Boston, MA, 1980.
  • B.S. in Psychology, Minors: Child Development/Sociology,
    South Dakota State University,Brookings, S.D., 1974.

Research/Professional Accomplishment

One of my most exciting and rewarding professional accomplishments has been as consultant for the Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals. During the Fall of 2003 I was teaching the Child Life curriculum at the University of Kuwait. In addition, I was asked to evaluate the curriculum and supervise the clinical work of students. Spending a semester teaching abroad was a life changing experience for me. I learned as much as I taught and I try to share that awareness with my students at UC today.


My teaching focuses on children and families experiencing health care encounters and other stressful life events.

Four examples of such classes include:

PCL 474- Psychosocial Care of Hospitalized Children and Adolescents                                                                                         

PSY 366- Individuals with Disabilities                                               

PSY 375-  Death, Dying and Bereavement                                   

PCL 374- The Helping Relationship 

Publications and Presentations

Examples include:

Pumphrey, A., White, C., Moltman, M. (2007). Learning Our Way: Tracing the Path of Child Life Education. Child Life Council Bulletin, Vol. 23, 16-17.

Moltman, M., & Osman, W. (2006). What We Can Learn from Cultural Exchange: An Example from Kuwait. The Journal of the National Association of Hospital Play Staff, Registered Charity No 1042599, Issue 39, 19-23.

Moltman, M. (2000). “Does Your Hospital Embrace Diversity?” A book review of Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, by L Derman-Sparks. Child Life Council Bulletin.

Conference Presentations and Workshops, etc.

Co-Presented, “Professional Issues in Child Life – The Balance” with Pam Auten, BS, CCLS at Child Life Council, Dallas, TX, May 2006.

Co-Presented a poster session titled, “Utica College Interdisciplinary Project (SITE) with Kirsten Immpecciatore at the Annual National Parks and Recreation conference in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 2005.

Co-Presented, “Developing a Curriculum for Teaching Professionalism” with Pam Auten, BS, CCLS and Sarah MacDonald, BS, CCLS at Child Life Council, Nashville, TN, June 2005.

Co-Presented “Parent’s Stories: Serving as Educational Resources and Healing Tools” with Lianna Frantis at the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2005.