Charity Vasquez, M.S., CCLS

Assistant Professor, Director of M.S. in Child Life Program, Department of Psychology

Phone: (626) 857-2237
Photo of Charity Vasquez, M.S., CCLS


Charity Vasquez, M.S., CCLS, was born in Burma and became a Southern Californian at age 12. Her interest in health care and children led her to pursue a career in child life; she has worked in the child life field since 1998, and has been a certified child life specialist since 2000, working with hospitalized children and their families in children’s hospital and medical center settings, including in leadership roles. While working as child life manager at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, she received a grant to develop and coordinate the Paloma Comfort Care Program, a perinatal/neonatal palliative program. She also has more than 16 years of college teaching experiences at various 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, teaching child life and child development courses to undergraduate and graduate students.


  • M.S., Child Development, University of La Verne
  • B.S., Child Life, University of La Verne


  • Child Life Specialist (CCLS)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Psychology


  • Child Growth and Development
  • Children and Grief
  • Pediatric Psychosocial Development