Allison Sohanlal obtained her Masters of Child Life and Family Centered Care degree from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Masters of Health Science Education at McMaster University. Allison's thesis work in her Masters of Health Science Education degree focused on the educational impact of the Evaluation Tool for Child Life Interns. Allison is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics and is the Clinical Education Coordinator within the Masters of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care Program. Allison is also a faculty lead for the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) at McMaster University.
Since 2003, Allison's professional career as a certified child life specialist (CCLS) has focused on advocating for the emotional and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents facing stressful or traumatic life events. As an advocate for family centered care, Allison's career has involved working in early intervention services in the community, within the hospital sector, volunteering overseas and the academic and clinical preparation of child life specialists.
Current professional activities include serving for the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) as Chair Elect of the Awards Committee and as a member of the Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee. Allison is active in her local community, volunteering as a director on the Hospice Toronto Board since 2013.