A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Alisha Saavedra, MA, CCLS

Alisha Saavedra, MA

Clinical Coordinator, Child Life Specialist MS
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences

Contact Information

Email asaavedra@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47225
Fax 909-558-0417

Department of Counseling Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 225
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • MA, Psychology (emphasis in Child Development) - California State University, San Bernardino, 2009
  • Certificate, National Bereavement Facilitator I - American Academy of Bereavement, 2003
  • Certificate, Child Life Specialist - Child Life Council, 2000

Areas of Specialization

  • Child development
  • Stress and coping in the hospital environment
  • Grief and loss

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Child Life Council

Recent Presentations

  • Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. (2016, April). "Child Life in China: A Partnership with The Children's Hospital at Zhejiang University." Grand Rounds, BHi Shares, Loma Linda, CA.
  • The Children's Hospital, Zhejiang University, China.
    • November 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A., Camp C., Garcia, A., Kim-Arredondo, A., Macaluso, A. "Therapeutic Play and Literature Review."
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. "Pediatric Pain and Psychosocial Interventions."
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. "Medical Play in the Hospital Environment."
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. "What is Child Life: Brief Overview of the Field."
  • Saavedra, A. (2013, September). "Child Life: Jack-of-all-Trades." University of California, Irvine Child Life Intern Symposium. Irvine, CA.

Community Engagement

  • Internship Accreditation Reviewer for the Child Life Council (2016-present)
  • Faculty Liaison for CFS Student Advisory Committee (2015-present)
  • Annual Teddy Bear Clinic, Redlands, CA (2012-present)
  • Annual LLU Child Life Symposium, Co-Host, Loma Linda University (2011-present)
  • Cal State University, San Bernardino, Course HD 303, Guest Lecture: "What is Child Life?" (2008-present)
  • Camp Good Grief, support staff/counselor/clinical supervisor (2001-present)
  • Annual Children's Day Staff/Clinical Supervisor, Loma Linda, CA (1999-present)
  • Children's Disaster Services (Child Life Disaster Relief), trained volunteer (April 2016)
  • SIMS team member at Universidad Adventista de Bolivia, providing health fairs and teddy bear clinics (March 2015)
  • Family Grief Support Group/Workshop, Clinical Supervisor, Behavioral Health Institute (2012-2014)
  • Health Fair, Loma Linda, CA (2010-2011)