Erin Roseborough, CCLS

Erin RoseboroughErin Roseborough is the MIND Institute’s first Child Life Specialist. She attended California State University, Sacramento and received her degree in Child Development. 

Erin completed her Child Life Internship with UC Davis Children's Hospital. She began her career at Methodist Hospital, later working at Shriners Children’s Hospital. She joined the staff of the MIND Institute as its first Child Life Specialist in the fall of 2003, starting the volunteer and Child Life Program.

She has created children's programs here such as Sibling Support Group, Camp MIND, Family Time at the MIND, Volunteer Appreciation and the Annual Thank You Party.  Erin strives to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families.

Veronica Tuss, M.S, CCLS

Veronica TussVeronica is a Certified Child Life Specialist with experience in child development, education, therapeutic intervention, healthcare, community engagement and program development.

She completed her undergraduate studies in Child Development and Counseling at California State University, Sacramento and received her Master’s in Child Life at the University of La Verne. She completed her clinical internship at Yale and has previously worked as a CCLS for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, specializing in surgical and outpatient care.

She is dedicated and passionate about combining theoretical knowledge with compassion, advocacy, social engagement and innovation to elevate programming and support for children at the MIND Institute.

In addition to her Child Life role, she serves as Coordinator for the Volunteer Program at the MIND Institute and continues to provide support to hospitalized children both inpatient and outpatient outside of the MIND Institute.

Student Assistants

The Child Life Program is supported by students through a partnership with the UC Davis Campus. Our students contribute to the department's goals by providing play opportunities to patients, managing resources and providing direct support for special events and programming to our Child Life Specialists.

Juliette CortezJuliette Cortez
Juliette Cortez is an undergraduate at UC Davis majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She started volunteering in the Child Life Program in the winter of 2020 and became a child life student assistant in the fall of 2020. Juliette enjoys planning Family Time at the MIND events and activities and getting to spend time with patients at the Massie Family Clinic. Juliette had always planned on a career working with children, and her experiences at the MIND Institute have inspired her to study to become a physician assistant. She hopes to continue creating inclusive health environments for families of all needs.

Katie NguyenKatie Nguyen
Katie Nguyen is an undergraduate at UC Davis majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. She was first introduced to the MIND Institute as a child life volunteer in the winter of 2019, and became a student assistant in the fall of 2020. Being involved with the MIND Institute has allowed Katie to further develop her passion for childcare. With her free time, she enjoys teaching ballet to young dancers and working as an optometric assistant. Katie’s experience at the MIND Institute has inspired her to pursue a career in pediatric optometry.