Amanda Newberry Butler M.S., CCLS
Director of Child Life Programs
Amanda Butler headshot
Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: Yes

Accepting new undergraduate students: Yes


Early Learning Center

334 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849

(205) 617-6312


Fun Facts
Hobbies/hidden talents?
I love to decorate sugar cookies and cakes!

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be?
I wanted to be a meteorologist growing up and even planned to marry our local weatherman, John Nodar. I am still interested in weather, space, and science in general.

M.S. Auburn University, Human Development and Family Studies-Child Development, 2013
B.S. Auburn University, Human Development and Family Studies-Child Life, 2011
Research Interest
• The relationship between children’s stress and their health
• The impact of trauma on neurological development in children
• The impact of child life interventions on children’s coping in a hospital setting
• The relationship between children’s illness understanding and their coping
• The impact of children’s understanding of death on their bereavementresponses
Courses Taught
• Child Life Program Development
• Therapeutic Interventions in Child Life
• Psychosocial Care of Medically and Emotionally Vulnerable Children
• Hospitalized Children and their Families
• Death, Dying and Bereavement
• Internship in Child Life
Selected Publications
Newberry, A. & Mize, J. (2013). Cortisol and the common cold: Children’s stress and their health (master’s thesis). Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Newberry, A. & Sailors, J. (2012). Child life map (undergraduate thesis). Auburn University, Auburn, AL.