Cara L. Smith

Campus: Springfield



  • MA, Human Development and Family Studies, 2005, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA, Psychology, 2003, Graceland University


  • CFD 306 Death, Separation, and Loss
  • CFD 353 Childhood Illnesses, Injuries, Diseases and Disorders
  • CFD 354 Working with the Hospitalized Child
  • CFD 366 Preparation for the Professional Internship
  • CFD 510 Child Life Theory and Practice
  • CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • CFD 610 Child Life Theory and Practice
  • CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • CLS 705 Growth and Development: Infancy through Early Childhood
  • South Africa Child Life Practicum Study Away

Research and professional interests

  • Mindfulness and self-regulation
  • Incorporating principals of interpersonal neurobiology into child life practice
  • Play
  • Trauma informed care
  • Trust based relational interventions, also known as TBRI
  • Ethical support and development of international child life programs

Awards and honors

  • Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming: Cultural Competence, Study Away Programs, February 2016