Ruthie Davis, MA, CCLS

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Lecturer, Human Sciences and Design

Child and Family Studies

Education:

  • MA, Counseling, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • BS, Child and Family Studies, Baylor University

Areas of teaching interest:

  • Individual and Family Relationship Development
  • Child Life
  • Child Development 

Associations:

  • Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)
  • Texas Association of Child Life Professionals (TACLP)
  • National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers (NCCCC/N4C)

Background:

Working as a certified child life specialist since 2004, I have worked with hospitalized children and families in many capacities, including: intensive care, emergency medicine, trauma, and chronic illness. I have walked alongside families in the healthcare journey of their child and seen strength, resilience, and growth develop. I have worked with families from diverse cultures and backgrounds and enjoy learning about the unique qualities that each family has.  I have also had the privilege of working as a preschool teacher at Baylor's Lab School, the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development. This experience gave me the perspective of working with typically developing young children. As a lecturer at Baylor, I find great joy in helping college students pursue their passions and learn more about the dynamic field of human sciences!

Research interests:

  • Spirituality in children
  • Impact of chronic illness on the family
  • Benefits of medical play with hospitalized children 
  • Psychosocial support at time of death/death disclosure
  • Children of adult patients

Publications/presentations/honors:

  • Association of Child Life Professionals, Webinar, November 2020 

The ABCs of Emotional Responses: Attunement, Brain State, and Connection 

  • Texas Association of Child Life Professionals, Fort Worth, TX, October 2018  The ABCs of Emotional Responses: Attunement, Brain State, and Connection  
  • Association of Child Life Professionals, National Webinar, 2016  Spirituality of Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Supporting Children through Change, Grief, and Loss
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  • TexAppeal Magazine, September 2016, “Family-Centered Care,” p. 22-23 
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  • Baylor Scott & White Chaplain Symposium presenter, November 2015  Now You're Speaking my Language; the Power of Play with Children
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  • National Child Life Conference on Professional Issues, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015 
  • Spirituality of Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Supporting Children through Change, Grief, and Loss 
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  • National Child Life Conference on Professional Issues, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015 

Making it Work for Moms who Work 

  • National Child Life Conference on Professional Issues, New Orleans, LA 2014 

Carrying the Torch without Letting your Flame Fizzle: Preventing Burnout as a Child Life Specialist 

  • American Society for Pain Management Nurses, 2010  

Pain, Pain, Go Away: Non-Pharmacological Methods for Relieving Children’s Pain 

  • Parkland Magazine, “Through a Child’s Eyes,” Summer 2009