Child Life Team
Erin Roseborough, CCLS
Erin 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 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 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.
The Child Life Program is supported by students through a partnership with the UC Davis Campus. Our students contribute to the departments goals by providing play opportunities to patients, managing resources and providing direct support for special events and programming to our Child Life Specialists.
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.
Mahakdeep Kaur is an undergraduate at UC Davis majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Global Disease Biology. She started at the MIND Institute as a volunteer in the summer of 2019 and became a child life student assistant in the fall of 2019. Her experience at the MIND Institute solidified her dream of pursuing a career that involves working with children. During her time here, she has been part of multiple events such as the Thank You Party, Fall Festival, Volunteer Appreciation Party, and much more. She also has experience with the UC Davis student-run clinics serving underserved populations. She aspires to use the experience she has gained by becoming a pediatrician and giving back to the community.
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.
Melissa Sidabutar is a fifth year UC Davis undergraduate who is double majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and in Psychology. She has been part of the Child Life team since 2017 and prior to that was also a volunteer for the MIND Institute. During her time here, Melissa has helped develop and lead Camp MIND, Family Time at the MIND, the Thank You Party and the Volunteer Appreciation Party. She also helps oversee and coordinate the volunteer program. Melissa has a passion for working with neurotypical children as well as those with neurodevelopmental conditions and hopes to provide a safe space for children and their families by organizing these programs and events. She also works with the clinicians in providing childcare for patients and siblings or assisting with clinical assessments. She believes in giving back to the community and also volunteers in the Neuroscience and Pediatric Specialty Departments. After graduating, she hopes to apply to medical school and become a pediatrician.