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Teresa Schoell, M.A., CCLS

Teresa Schoell, Child Life SpecialistChild Life Specialist

My child life career began with the creation of a one-person program in a community hospital, providing services to children and their families across many units, including inpatient pediatrics, special care nursery, and pediatric emergency, as well as supporting the children of adult patients at end of life. I joined the child life team at UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital in the summer of 2019. In my role here, I share my time between Palliative/Supportive Care (both pediatrics, and the children of our adult patients), and the NICU. Working as a Certified Child Life Specialist allows me to bring all my passion, knowledge, skills, and advocacy to the service of children and families. Some of the work I do is absolutely heartbreaking, no doubt.  But to be there, present in these moments, using my skills and training to help preserve the emotional safety of children, easing the family’s burden, finding the words to help a child understand . . . it is a gift of trust from the family, and a professional privilege to be of service.

Education & Committees

  • Master’s degree in Child & Family Studies from Syracuse University; child life internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Certified Child Life Specialist since 2009
  • Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Child Life Professionals (2021-2023)
  • Chair of the Finance Committee for Association of Child Life Professionals (2021-2023)
  • Board Liaison to the Community Based Practices Committee for the Association of Child Life Professionals (2021-2023)
  • Pediatric Memorial Service Planning Committee at Golisano Children’s Hospital (2019-present)
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Workgroup at Golisano Children’s Hospital (2019-present)


  • Schoell, T. A. P. (2020). I Love Thursdays. Association of Child Life Professionals Bulletin, Fall 2020, 10-12.
  • Schoell, T. A. P. (2018). One Person Child Life Programs. In R. H. Thompson (Ed.), The handbook of child life: A guide for pediatric psychosocial care (pp 346-391). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
  • Schoell, T. A. P. (2018). Point/Counterpoint: Could we? Should we? ... Maybe not. Association of Child Life Professionals Bulletin, Winter 2018, 35, 37, 39.
  • Schoell, T. (2016). Alphabet 2.0 G is for Grant Funding. Child Life Council Bulletin, Fall 2016, 1, 30-31.
  • Schoell, T. (2016). Sometimes, it is the littlest things: A story of black hair care and cultural competence. Child Life Council Bulletin, Summer 2016, 5, 33.

Contact Information

Office: (585) 275-4142