Departments & Programs
  • Adolescent Care
  • Child Abuse Program
  • Child Life Program
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Cosmetic Surgery
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Diabetes
  • Pediatric ENT
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Genetics
  • Pediatric Gynecology
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • Pediatric Immunology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Sedation Comfort Zone
  • Pediatric Sleep Care
  • Pediatric Surgery Program
  • Pediatric Travel Medicine
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Pediatric Weight Management
  • Primary Care Pediatricians

What is a Child Life Specialist?

The role of a child life specialist is to focus on the psychosocial needs of children and families in the healthcare setting. Child Life at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital strives to empower children with knowledge and equip them with coping strategies so that they may face potential stressors with understanding and confidence.

Additionally, Child Life serves children and families from Vermont and northern New York by promoting healthy growth and development for children who are hospitalized by normalizing their environment and providing opportunities for play. Child life specialists are educators, coaches, cheerleaders, friends, and advocates.

Our Child Life Specialists

The University of Vermont Children's Hospital and UVM Medical Center have eight Child Life Specialists:

Name of Specialist Department Contact Info
Jennifer Dawson Inpatient Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 802-847-4913
Jess Rabidoux Inpatient Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 802-847-4913
Andrea Truedson Emergency Department 802-847-4913
Jenny Eddy Children's Specialty Center 802-847-4526
Jen Gagne Radiology 802-847-4913
Sierra Scheller Pre-Op 802-847-7832
Alexis Tyler-Szczypiorski Comfort Zone 802-847-9663
Ali Waltien Children of adult patients 802-847-4069

Donations to Child Life

Child life also organizes any donations to The UVM Vermont Children's Hospital. We have provided a wish list that is updated seasonally (as our needs are always changing!). If you would like to donate to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital please call 802-847-7831 to speak to a child life specialist about how to coordinate a donation.

Thank you so much for thinking about our children at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital. A hospital can be an overwhelming place for children, but Child Life Specialists help to navigate the uncertainty with a helping hand. By donating to The UVM Children's Hospital you are helping to ensure that children have the opportunity to still be children, despite their medical needs. On behalf of our patients and their families, we thank you for your kindness!