Emily Margolis, M.S., CCLS

Clinical Assistant Professor


Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts
Room 2343


M.S., Child Life and Family Centered Care, Wheelock College

B.A., Psychobiology, Wheaton College

Areas of Expertise

Health care experiences for children, youth, and families

Transformative play for children, youth, and families

Death, dying, bereavement, and palliative care


Professor Margolis’ interests include the use of play to heal and strengthen children, the impact of trauma and health care experiences on development and family systems, and bereavement care for children, youth, and families.

Prior to teaching at Towson University, Professor Margolis worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist for over fifteen years in several pediatric facilities including the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Duke University Children’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital. This work afforded her the opportunity to gain experience caring for children, youth, and families in a variety of settings within both pediatric and adult hospitals. Her work also took her beyond the hospital environment to provide trainings that were focused on teaching adults how to use transformative and intentional play to heal and strengthen children who have been impacted by trauma.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Margolis, E. (2013, May). Using a Playful Approach to Heal and Strengthen Children Impacted by Poverty, Violence and Illness. Presentation at the Child Life Council 31st Annual Conference on Professional Issues Full Day Intensive Workshop, Denver, CO.

Margolis, E. (2009, March). Is There Room For Me, Too? Supporting the Needs of Sibilings. Presentation at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.


Certified Child Life Specialist


Association of Child Life Professionals

Courses Taught

  • FMST 201 - Family Resources
  • FMST 325 - Ethics for Human Service Workers
  • FMST 397 - Internship in Family and Human Services
  • FMST 603 - Theraputic Benefits of Play