Lisa Martinelli Beasley | Towson University

Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director


M.P.S., Art Therapy, Pratt Institute

B.A., Psychology and Fine Arts,
University of Toledo

Areas of Expertise

Child Life

Psychosocial care of pediatric oncology patients

Death, dying, bereavement, and palliative care


Lisa Martinelli Beasley joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development
in 2006. Prior to her appointment at Towson University, she worked clinically as a
Certified Child Life Specialist and Board Certified Art Therapist in children’s hospitals
located in New York and Ohio. Much of her clinical experience centered on providing
child life and art therapy interventions for pediatric hematology/oncology patients
and their families.

Since joining the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, she has
taught undergraduate and graduate child life and related courses. She serves as the
graduate program director for the M.S. in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration
and provides student advising for both undergraduate introduction to child life track
students and graduate child life students.


Certified Child Life Specialist
Board Certified Art Therapist


American Art Therapy Association
Association of Child Life Professionals

Courses Taught

  • FMST 240 – Introduction to Child Life
  • FMST 297 – Preparing Human Service Workers: Pre-Internship
  • FMST 397 – Internship in Family and Human Services
  • FMST 602 – Child Life Professional Seminar
  • FMST 604 – Bereavement, Grief, & Loss; A child life perspective
  • FMST 697 – Graduate Internship in Family Studies and Community Development

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