Diane C. Rode, MPS, CCLS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Director, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department




Diane Rode is the Director of the Child Life Department at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai where she oversees Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy programming in Pediatrics and serves on the Pediatric Palliative Care Service. Diane is also a National Faculty Leader with the Initiative For Pediatric Palliative Care. A Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Ms. Rode is also the Executive Producer of Mount Sinai's award winning patient video production program, Through Our Eyes Productions . Ms. Rode is an adjunct faculty instructor at the Bank Street College of Education in the Graduate Child Life Program and has a private creative arts therapy practice for children and families. She is the Chairperson of the Child Life Council's Clinical Supervision Task Force. Ms. Rode holds a Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute and she is a Board Certified Child Life Specialist and Art Therapist. She has worked extensively with children in health care environments from infancy through adolescence and has published and lectured widely on art, imagination and illness throughout the United States, Rome, and Brasil.

MPS: Masters of Professional Studies, Pratt Institute, Creative Arts Therapy, 1985

Certified Child Life Specialist
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, New York State
Board Certified Art Therapist
Sandtray Therapist

Publications, Selected

Project PARIS: Parents and Residents in Session – Studying the teaching of person and family-centered care in a residency program. Authors: Christine Low, LCSW, Rachel A Annunziato, PhD, Melissa Rubes, BA, Eyal Shemesh, MD, Diane Rode, MPS, CCLS, LCAT, Joel Forman, MD; Pediatric Research Day, Mount Sinai, April 5, 2012

“Girl Talk” child life intervention: preliminary efficacy data. Authors: Sharon Granville, MS, CCLS, CTRS, NCC, Sarah Roffe, CCLS, Diane Rode MPS, CCLS, LCAT, Rachel A Annunziato PhD, Cristina Farrell, M.D., Carol Torchen, RN, MSN, CNA, Eyal Shemesh M.D.; Pediatric Research Day, Mount Sinai, April 5, 2012

Justus, R., Wyles, D., Wilson , J., Rode, D.; Walther, V., Lim-Sulit, N. (2006) Preparing children and families for surgery: Mount Sinai 's mulitdisciplinary perspective. Pediatric Nursin g , 32, 35-43.

Holden, G., B earison, D., Rode, D ., Fishman-Kapiloff, M ., Rosenber g , G. & On g hena, P. (2003). Pediatric pain and anxiety: A meta-analysis of outcomes for a behavioral telehealth intervention . Research on Social Work Practice, 13, 693-704.

Holden, G., B earison, D., Rode, D. , Kapiloff, M ., Rosenber g , G., & Rosenzwei g , J. (2003). The impact of a computer network on pediatric pain and anxiety: A randomized controlled clinical trial . Social Work in Health Care.

Holden, G., B earison, D., Rode, D. , Kapiloff, M ., Rosenber g , G., (2000) The effects of a computer network on pediatric pain and anxiety. Journal of Technolo g y in Human Services. 17, 27-47.

Bearison, D., Holden, G., Rode, D. , Rosenber g , G. and Fishman, M . (2000) Starbri g ht World: Participants perspectives. In W. Spitzer (ed), Proceedin g s from the Vir g inia Conference on Social Work Practice in Healthcare.

Holden, G., B earison, D., Rode, D. , Fishman, M ., Rosenber g , G. (1999) Evaluatin g the effects of a Virtual Environmnet (Starbri g ht World) with hospitalized children. Research on Social Work Practice, 9, 365-381.

Rode, D. , Fishman, M ., Capitulo, K., Holden, G. (1998) Child Life and the therapeutic use of technolo g y. American Journal of Nursin g , 98, 32-35.

Rode, D. (1996) Art Therapy: Towards evokin g and preservin g ima g ination - A creative arts child life pro g ram. M usic Therapy with Hospitalized Children: A Creative Arts Approach, Chapter 12, 149-160.

Rode, D. (1995) Building bridges within the culture of pediatric medicine: the interface of art therapy and child life programming . Art Therapy: Journal of the Art Therapy Association, 12, 104-109.

Professional Organization Memberships
•  Child Life Council, professional member

Special Interests
•  Complimentary Alternative Medicine
•  Pediatric Palliative Care
•  Video Therapy
•  Clinical Supervision