Sarah Burnett-Wolle, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology/Child Life
221A White Hall

(315) 223-2576
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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Health Professions
and Education

Psychology-Child Life Major


Civita A. Brown, M.S.

Inter. Coord. Psy. Child-Life

Phone: (315) 792-3380
Office: 107 DePerno Hall



  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • M.S.Ed. in Inclusive Education from Utica College

Reasearch/Professional Accomplishments

  • Survey of Hospital School Programs in the United States for Children Requiring Extended Hospitalization (2002-2003)
  • Comparison of Child Life Specialist Distraction Activities to Reduce Preoperative Fear and Anxiety in Children (1999-2001)
  • Survey of Medical Students Practice Choices after Participating in a Community Based Internship Program (1992-1993)
  •  New York State Documentary Heritage Program Grant 2004
  • Excellus Community Health Award 2004
  • MVP Appleby Award 2003
  • Co-Chair of Child Life Council Archives Working Group 2001-present

Courses taught by Civita Brown:

PCL 123- Childhood Services

PCL 271- Intro to the Child Life Specialty

PCL 272- Community Practicum

PCL 471- Intro to Child Life Internship I

PCL 472- Intro to Child Life Internship II

PCL 475- Child Life Internship

Publications and Presentations

Brown, C.A., Pearson, L., Wilson, J.,. From seeds to success: Charting the course of the child life profession. Child Life Council 28th Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, June, 2010.

Brown, C.A. & Pearson, L. Child life archives: Tracing the paths of the pioneers. Child Life Council 28th Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, June, 2010.

Brown, C.A. & Pearson, L. (2008). The role of the child Life specialist in healthcare. Fifth International Conference on Healthcare Systems Proceedings, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin.

Brown, C. A. (2008). The school setting. In Hicks, M.(Ed.), Child life beyond the hospital, Rockville, MD: Child Life Council.

Creating a legacy: Child Life Council Archives, Child Life Council Bulletin, Summer, 2007.

Creating a legacy: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow: 25th Anniversary DVD, Child Life Council, 2007.

Follow the dream. Child Life Council Bulletin, Winter 2003.

Follow The Dream Video. Child Life Council, 2002.

Going to the Hospital, Children’s Coloring Book, 1982.

Child's view of the hospital.  Horizons in Health, 1981.
Parents Can Help.  Community Health Line, 1979, 1 (3), 4.

-How does a child see the hospital?  Community Health Line, 1979, 1  (4), 6-7, 11.