Child Life faculty at Akron

Rose Resler

Director of Child Life Specialist Program

MA (1994) The University of Akron, Urban Studies: Health Care Management
BA (1990) The University of Akron: Child and Family Development- Child Life Specialist
LPN (1977) Timken Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
Certification for Child Life Specialist, CCLS
Certified in Family and Consumer Science, CFCS
Licensed Practical Nurse

Research Interest

  • Siblings
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Bereavement
  • Infants

Sophia Kraus

Professor of Practice


MA in Family and Child Development

Professional Interests:

  • Supervising Student Field Experience
  • Accreditation and Curriculum Development

Research Interests:

  • Play Theory
  • Learning Disabilities

Susan Karas

MA (1992) The University of Akron, Community Counseling
BA (1986) Baldwin Wallace University: Psychology
RN (1981) Lutheran Medical Center
Licensed Registered Nurse, RN
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC

Research Interests:

  • Bereavement
  • Adolescence
  • Personal, Marriage and Social Counseling

Kathleen McCue

LSW (1998) Cleveland State University: Social Work Licensure
MA (1973) University of Southern California: Clinical Psychology
BA (1970) University of Texas: Psychology
Certification for Child Life Specialist, CCLS
Licensed Social Worker, LSW
Emergency Medical Technician, EMT
Trainer for Critical Incident Stress Management

Research Interests:

  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Support Groups

Mandy Fleming