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Korie Leigh

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Korie Leigh is a certified child life specialist and certified thanatologist. She is also the Child Life Coordinator of the Child Life Program.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Transpersonal Psychology California Institute Integral Studies 2016
MA Community Public Health-Thanatology CUNY Brooklyn College 2009
BA Child Development/Child Life Studies Wheelock College 2005


I strive to support my students in developing curiosity, reflexive thinking, and to question the status quo.  My goal is to inspire students to be advocates in their own lives and drive sustainable social change at micro and macro levels as it pertains to children, families, and youth facing health related challanges. Courses I teach include HDFS 2950 Introduction to Child Development, HDFS 4830/6830 Death & Dying, HDFS 4820/6820 Child Life Interventions, HDFS 4810 The Hospitalized Child, and 7110 Seminar in Child Life.


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
ACLP Director- Board of Directors 2020-2022

Areas of Expertise

The clinical practice of child life, thantology and end of life, pediatric palliative and hospice care, trauma informed practice in pediatric medical settings, the integration of spirituality and healthcare, bereaved parents and siblings, and self-care practices.  

I have been a practicing child life specialist for more than 15 years spanning in-patient, out-patient, home-based pediatric palliative care, facility-based pediatric hospice care, and private practice. As a grief counselor, I specalize in working with parental and sibling grief and integrate a variety of modalities including expressive arts. 

Current Research

My current reserach involves qualitative methods exploring the of legacy building interventions with bereaved parents and siblings. Additionally, I am in development of a scale to measure student comfort around topics of death and dying. 

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