Michelle Minyard-Widmann, MS

Associate Chair, Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences
Director, Child Life Specialist MS Program

Contact Information

Email maminyard@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47072
Fax 909-558-0417

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 112
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • MS, Child Development/Child Life - University of La Verne, 1995
  • Certificate, National Bereavement Facilitator II - American Academy of Bereavement, 2000
  • Certificate, Child Life Specialist - Association of Child Life Professionals, 1999

Areas of Specialization

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

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)
    • Child Life Certifying Committee: Ethics Committee
    • Graduate Accreditation Task Force, Co-Leader
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)

Recent Publications and Presentations

Presentations

  • March 2021. The Future of Behavioral Health through a Post-COVID Lens. Panel member. Loma Linda University Health, LLUH Virtual Homecoming 2021. Loma Linda, CA.
  • July 2020. Student Interns and Internships during COVID. Panel member. Western States Child Life Symposium, Miller Children's and Women's Hospital. Long Beach, CA.
  • November 2017. Child Life: Profession and History. Presentation made to a child development course. Cal Baptist University. Riverside, CA.
  • May 2017. Supervision Tool for the Child Life Specialist. Co-presenter with Alisha Saavedra and Bryan Cafferky. 35th Annual Conference, Association of Child Life Professionals. Las Vegas, NV.
  • November 2016. Child Life in China: A Partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University. Loma Linda University Health, Oak Glen Fellowship. Oak Glen, CA.
  • September 2016. Navigating the Child Life Council Certification. The Children’s Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical School. Zhejiang, China.
  • September 2016. Growth and Development of the Hospitalized Child. The Children’s Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical School. Zhejiang, China.
  • August 2016. Navigating the Child Life Council Certification. Intern Symposium, UCI Medical Center.
  • April 2016. Child Life in China: A Partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University. Grand Rounds Presentation with BHi Shares. Loma Linda University, Department of Psychiatry.

Community Engagement​

  • Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Support Group (2018-present)
  • The SURF (The Sustainable University of Redlands Farm) (2015-present)
  • Coleader for Girl Scout Troop #2118 (2014-present)
  • Volunteer PTA member at Kimberly Elementary (2013-present)