Hannah Knott, PhD, CCLS


Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Hannah Knott, PhD, CCLS, CTRP-C has taught in the MS in Child Life and undergraduate psychology degree programs since 2018. Prior to coming to APU, Dr. Knott designed and taught CSU Fresno’s first undergraduate child life course while serving on the Child and Family Sciences Department’s Community Advisory Board. Dr. Knott has worked clinically as a child life specialist since 2014. At one former hospital position Hannah established graduate and undergraduate practicums as well as a pediatric family advisory board. At Azusa Pacific, Hannah has enjoyed designing and implementing curriculum for the MS in Child Life’s online degree pathway, and her educational research has focused on thriving among online learners. Hannah’s clinical research has focused on the efficacy of a child life specialist intervention to reduce children’s anxiety before surgery. Read about that research.


  • PhD, Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • MS, Advanced Studies in Child Life, University of La Verne
  • BA, Linguistics: Interdisciplinary Language Studies, California State University, Fresno

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

Courses Taught

  • PCLS 501: Advanced Child Development
  • PLCS 502: Applied Child Development and Medical Terminology
  • PCLS 521: Introduction to Child Life
  • PCLS 522: Therapeutic Interventions and Play-Based Techniques
  • PCLS 523: Coping and Trauma in Children
  • PCLS 525: Assessment, Preparation, and Documentation
  • PCLS 527: Supporting Children with Special Needs in the Healthcare System
  • PCLS 531: Ethics, Diversity, and Professional Issues
  • PCLS 542: Practicum in Child Life
  • PCLS 542: Virtual Practicum to provide clinical training during COVID-19 restrictions
  • PCLS 543: Internship in Child Life
  • PCLS 551: Research Methods in Child Life
  • PCLS 552: Thesis in Child Life
  • PSYC 285: Stress and Coping
  • PSYC 290: Human Growth and Development
  • PSYC 432: Psychosocial Interventions for Pediatric Healthcare
  • PSYC 455: Fieldwork