Sarah Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Master's of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This program is the first of its kind to provide Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial care education at a graduate level in Canada. Sarah is a full-time professor in this program. Prior to this position, Sarah held several different leadership roles (Co-Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Instructor) between 2003-2016 in the Child Life Studies post-baccalaureate diploma program and undergraduate courses at McMaster University.
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton University and graduate degree at Illinois State University in Child Life and Child Psychology.
Sarah has practiced as a certified child life specialist for over 25 years at Sick Kids hospital in a number of clinical areas including Critical Care, Trauma, Respiratory Medicine, Complex Care, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, GIFT (Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment), Nephrology/Dialysis with her main clinical focus with the solid organ transplant program.
Sarah Is actively involved with Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), holding a number of committee leadership roles, currently serving as Chair of the Leadership Development Academy and chair-elect of the Partnership Collaboration Committee.
Internationally Sarah is also currently a subject matter expert consultant for Sick Kids International and has recently provided pediatric psychosocial training overseas in collaboration with the Association for Child Life Professionals. Within her career, Sarah has been involved in ongoing pediatric psychosocial training and education initiatives in Austria, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Qatar.