Emily Mozena

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Emily Mozena
Associate Professor of Instruction
Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life
Child Life
End Degree:
M.A. Leisure Studies, Therapeutic Recreation
The University of Iowa
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Emily has worked for the University of Iowa since 2003 and started at The University of Iowa Children's Hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist.  She began teaching evening classes in 2006 and then in 2009, Emily taught full-time for The University of Iowa in the undergraduate child life curriculum.  In 2015, The University of Iowa offered an M.S. in Child Life and Emily is the full-time advisor and instructor in child life courses.  Emily believes in experiential learning and promoting volunteerism in her students.  She currently volunteers with Iowa City Hospice, Make-A-Wish Iowa, and Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa and serves on numerous committees for the Association of Child Life Professionals.


  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Child Life
  • Child Life Practicum
  • Child Life: Methods and Materials
  • Child Life Seminar
  • Play and Childhood
  • Professional Ethics and Practice in Pediatrics
  • Child Life Internship Supervision
  • Spring Break Child Life Experience: Give Kids the World
  • Special Projects in Child Life Practice: In-hospital winter camping, Camp Have-A-Lotsa-Fun-A

Educational/Research Interests

  • School Re-entry programs for hospitalized pediatric patients
  • Promoting Play in the hospital and community
  • Promoting Happiness and Resiliency in students and professionals


April 2016: Week of the Young Child, The Iowa Children's Museum, Iowa City, IA, "Permission to Play"

April 2016: Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual conference, Cedar Fall, IA, "Play: The Importance in Childhood"

September 2015: Iowa Parks and Recreation Association, Des Moines, IA, “Play the Importance in Childhood”

April 2015: Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual conference, Cedar Falls, IA, “Life Well-Lived, the Happiness Project”

Nov. 2014: Midwest Child Life Conference, Milwaukee, WI, “Child Life Well-Lived, the Happiness Project”

Nov. 2010: Midwest Child Life Conference, Kansas City, MO. “Make Time for Silly: Play Interventions”

Honors and Awards

Make-A-Wish Iowa, Iowa City Committee Volunteer of the Year, April 2015
University of Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Faculty Member of the Year, May 2014