Belinda Hammond is a Certified Child Life Specialist, servicing as faculty at both Eastern Washington University (Children’s Studies / Child Life & Health)
and American Public University (Human Development & Family Studies / Child Life)
. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is now residing in Lompoc (near Vandenberg Air Force Base) California. Belinda graduated from California State University Northridge with a BA in Child Development and an MA in Educational Psychology, from American Public University with an MS in Sports and Health Science, and has completed coursework in Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies from University of California Santa Barbara. Belinda is currently working towards her doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Fresno / Channel Islands.
Belinda completed her Child Life fieldwork at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and her Child Life internship at Cedar Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA), and has practiced as a Certified Child Life Specialist at both Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (CA) and Kaiser Permanente (CA). Belinda is the founder of Child Life Connection
, a consulting service supporting pediatric care providers in the Tri-Counties (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties) and beyond, and services as a Board Member for the Oscar Litwak Foundation
which donates mobile playrooms to pediatric providers to ensure children receiving medical care have the opportunity to play during their hospital stays. Belinda is also a Community Representative for Make A Wish Tri-Counties
and is currently working with the Association of Child Life Professionals
as a participant of the Academic Review Committee and the Education/Training Committee. Belinda also supports students worldwide through Child Life Connection: Student Forum
, a community designed to support both traditional and non-traditional students pursuing child life certification.
In her free time, Belinda enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and 3 children (Rebecca, Justin & Brittany).