Faculty Profile for Mrs. Cindy Fitchpatrick

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Mrs. Cindy Fitchpatrick
Lecturer — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
phone: (512) 245-2135

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Cindy Fitchpatrick has been a Certified Bilingual Child Life Specialist (CCLS) for 29 years. Currently, works at Wonders and Worries, as a PRN CCLS and a RWWP Consultant, working with children and adolescents of adult patients. She has also been Adjunct Faculty at UT Austin, teaching the “Intro the Child Life” course. Also, has taught the online “Death & Dying” course at LSU. In 2020, completed a “Higher Education Teaching Certificate” online program from Harvard. And Cindy completed 2 Child Life Internships at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Children’s Hospital of Austin. Cindy also worked at the Children’s Blood & Cancer at Dell Children’s Medical Center for 26 years as the Psychosocial Program Supervisor; created and oversaw all the psychosocial patient and family programs and school services. Cindy volunteers globally with Operation Smile as a Child Life Specialist volunteer and trainer (provided child life education and services in hospitals in the Philippines, China, Peru, Morocco, and the Madagascar). Locally, Cindy volunteers on the Board of Directors of Big Love Cancer Care and with the Advisory Council of Superhero Kids Cancer Foundation. Cindy is also the new Chair for the Hill Country Child Life Networking Group.

Currently, Cindy teaches graduate courses Child Life Specialist, Pain, Grief & Bereavement and is the Practicum & Internship Supervisor. Cindy also teaches the undergraduate courses Introduction to Child Life and Grief & Bereavement.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Ambassador for ResearcHers, American Cancer Society. January 1, 2020 - May 30, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellence in Action Associate Award, Dell Children's Medical Center. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Children's Champion, Children's Hospital of Austin. 2007
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Olympic Torch Bearer, The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games. 2002

Selected Service Activities

Bobcat Day
Hill Country Child Life Networking Group
November 2022-Present
FCS Events Committe
September 2022-Present
Hill Country Child Life Networking Group
September 1, 2022-Present
Board of Directors
Big Love Cancer Care
January 1, 2022-Present