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Career Outcomes

Child Studies graduates have pursued an impressive range of careers. Students use the program’s foundation of research, individually chosen electives, field placement experiences, and mentorships to identify the careers and continuing education about which they are most passionate. The program gives students an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that make them excellent candidates for their “dream” jobs or doctoral programs upon graduation. A sample of applied and research-based career paths of Child Studies program graduates is below.

Applied Focus

Child Life Specialist

Cardinal Glennon Hospital; St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Cincinnati, OH
Dallas Children’s Hospital; Dallas, TX
Duke Children’s Hospital; Durham, NC
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital; Nashville, TN
Mount Sinai Hospital; New York, NY
Norton Healthcare; Louisville, KY
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Baton Rouge, LA
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital; Memphis, TN
Levine Children's Hospital; Charlotte, NC
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Memphis, TN
St. Mary's Hospital; Richmond, VA
St. Louis Children's Hospital; St. Louis, MO

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Caravel Autism Health; Green Bay, WI
Center for Child Development; Nashville, TN
Child Development Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital; Nashville, TN
Community Living in Kentucky; Bowling Green, KY
Marcus Autism Center; Atlanta, GA
Metro Nashville Public Schools; Nashville, TN

Assistant Clinical Director and Family Architect, Cognition Builders; New York, NY

Assistant Director, 2M Foundation; San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Early Intervention Specialist, Warren Center; Richardson, TX

Behavioral Interventionist, Brown Center for Autism; Nashville, TN

Child Care Center Director*

Crosshill Community Preschool; Davisburg, MI
Green Acres Child Care Center; San Antonio, TX

Director,  One Tree Tutorial and Enrichment; Nashville, TN 

Director of Auxiliary Programs, Episcopal Day School; Augusta, GA

Director of Strategy & Innovation, Boys and Girls Club of America; Atlanta, GA

Education Supervisor,  Hudson Guild Head Start; New York, NY

Dean of Culture, Intrepid College Prep; Antioch, TN

Lower School Chaplain & Religious Studies Teacher, The Lovett School; Atlanta, GA

Reading Interventionist, IDEA Public Schools; San Antonio, TX

Pre-K Teacher*

Hudson Guild Head Start; New York, NY
Susan Gray School; Nashville, TN

Elementary Teacher*

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Charlotte, NC
Cherry Hills Christian School; Highlands Ranch, CO
Ensworth School; Nashville, TN
Guilford County Schools; High Point, NC
St. Pius X Classical Academy; Nashville, TN

Secondary Teacher *

Canon-McMillan School District; Pittsburgh, PA
Marin Academy; San Rafael, CA

Special Education Teacher*

DeKalb County School District; Doraville, GA
Metro Nashville Public Schools; Nashville, TN

Literacy Coach

First Steps, Inc.; Nashville, TN
Martha O’Bryan Center; Nashville, TN

Education Staff,  Jewish Enrichment Center; Chicago, IL

Youth and Family Program Coordinator,  Jewish Peninsula Community Center; San Francisco, CA

Youth Ministry Assistant,  Harpeth Hills Church of Christ; Brentwood, TN

Program Coordinator, Programs for Talented Youth; Nashville, TN

Manager of Outreach and Engagement,  Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley; Alamosa, CO

Training and Development Specialist,  Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas; Clearwater, FL

Development Coordinator, National MS Society Midsouth Chapter; Brentwood, TN

Project Manager – Training , Office of Child Safety, TN Depart of Children’s Services; Nashville, TN

Child Care Center Assessor, Southwest Development - Quality First; Tempe, AZ

Parent Educator

The Next Door Foundation; Milwaukee, WI
SeedlingsGroup; Los Angeles, CA

Fatherhood Services Coordinator, Champions for Children; Tampa, FL

Community School Resource Coordinator, Enka Middle School; Asheville, NC

Guidance Counselor and Alumni Coordinator, Capitol West Academy; Milwaukee, WI

Post-Secondary Success Mentor, Martha O’Bryan Center; Nashville, TN

LifeSet Counselor, Youth Villages; Nashville, TN

Judicial Worker*,  Victim Help Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands

NICU Registered Nurse*,  University of Washington; Seattle, WA

Nurse Practitioner*

Compassus; Nashville, TN
Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt; Nashville, TN
New York Presbyterian Hospital; New York, NY
Wellness Solutions of Tennessee; Nashville, TN

Research Focus

Clinical Coordinator*, Center for Eating Disorders, Sheppard Pratt Hospital; Towson, MD

Clinical Research Associate,  PPD; Mt. Pleasant, SC

Project Coordinator

Childhood Healthy Eating and Active Living Center, Erlanger Hospital; Chattanooga, TN
NYU Center for Early Childhood Health and Development; New York, NY

Research Coordinator

Department of Veteran Affairs; Washington, DC 
School of Public Health, Georgia State University; Atlanta, GA 

Research Analyst

Bersin by Deloitte; Chicago, IL
Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN 
ICF International; Fairfax, VA 
Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University; Nashville TN
Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN 

Evaluation Associate

Centerstone Research Institute; Nashville, TN
ExCELL Literacy Project, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VA

Data Analyst, Hospital Corporation of America; Nashville, TN

Remote Analyst, National Council on Teacher Quality; Atlanta, GA

Ph.D. Student

Applied Developmental Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Claremont, CA
Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO
Child Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Missouri; Columbia, MO
Child Clinical Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Psychology, Emory University; Atlanta, GA
Clinical Psychology, Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
Clinical Psychology, University of Houston; Houston, TX
Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville; Louisville, KY
Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK
Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VA
Developmental Psychology, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
Educational Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
Educational Psychology, University of Memphis; Memphis, TN
School Psychology, University of Georgia; Athens, GA
School Psychology, University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC
Special Education, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN

Psy.D. Student

Child Clinical Psychology, George Washington University; Washington, DC
Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA
Clinical Psychology, Wright State University; Dayton, OH

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow*, Children's Hospital of Colorado; Denver, CO

*More training or education may be needed for this type of position.