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An Advocate for Children and Teens Fighting Cancer
My time at Peabody provided me with a foundational knowledge of evidence-based practices for supporting children and teens facing healthcare challenges.
Nicole Queathem
Child Studies
M.Ed. '14
Certified Child Life Specialist
Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Neuro-Oncology

In my work as a certified child life specialist, I teach children and teens how to adaptively manage their treatments for various forms of cancer. By attending to their psychosocial and developmental needs and implementing appropriate interventions to support those needs, I bolster my patients to build positive coping skills for their hospital hardships. My time in the Child Studies Program at Peabody provided me with a foundational knowledge of evidence-based practices for supporting children and teens facing healthcare challenges. Through both my classroom learning as well as my in-field practical experiences, I gained the rich, research-based skill set that I use daily to perform effective interventions with pediatric patients and their families. Because of my training at Peabody, I can now serve as an advocate for children and teens fighting cancer so that they experience less fear and gain more resiliency throughout their treatment journeys.