Semester of Graduation

May 2022


Master of Science (MS)


Child and Family Studies

Document Type



The medical field has faced challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, significantly changing the ways hospitals function and healthcare professionals serve patients and families. Healthcare professionals, specifically Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs), have continuously adapted their roles, programs, and services to ensure they adhere to the ever-changing infection control policies and mitigation efforts put in place by government officials and institutions. CCLSs provide pediatric patients and their families with interventions, hospital normalization, and opportunities to engage in play, contributing to pediatric patients’ healing environment during hospitalization. This study focuses on pediatric healthcare in the state of Louisiana, gaining insight from CCLSs’ perspectives across the state. The purpose of this study is to provide new information on how COVID-19 has impacted the standard practice of child life departments within the state of Louisiana, measuring aspects of care prior to the pandemic, at the onset of the pandemic, and post-onset of the pandemic.

Committee Chair

Pamela Monroe