Toshiko Nonaka, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist II, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


212.241.6797 or 212.659.8600, then say “Toshiko Nonaka”


Toshiko is currently working as certified child life specialist II in the PICU and PCICU at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai.  Toshiko has been a certified child life specialist since 2004 and worked with pediatric hematology/oncology population for 6 years in Albany, NY. Toshiko has also taught and supervised undergraduate child life practicum students at University of Missouri Columbia as a graduate instructor.

Toshiko is actively involved in the conference call based peer-learning program for certified child life specialists in Japan. Her roles include planning sessions with a co-facilitator, presenting peer review articles related to child life services, and facilitating discussions.

European Study: German, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan
BS: Psychology-Child Life, Child Life Specialty, Utica College, Utica, NY
MS: Early Childhood Development, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO.
Certification: CCLS by the Child Life Certifying Committee since 2004

Professional Organization Memberships
•  Child Life Council, professional member 2004 to present

Special Interests
Cultural competencies, Medical Play, Therapeutic Play, End of Life Care, Tools for professional development

Nonaka, T. (2014). Japanese parents’ perspective about children’s medical play. Child Life Focus, 32(2), 2-7

Nonaka, T. (2014, May). Across Town, Across the County! Live Peer Learning Via Conference Call: Combining the Best of Case Studies and Journal Club. Poster Presentation at Child Life Council 32nd Annual Conference on Professional Issues. New Orleans, LA

Tanigawa, K., Matsuura, K., Kuriyama, N., & Nonaka, T. (2006, September). The Roles and Collaboration of Psychosocial Care Professionals in Pediatric Health Care. Panel Discussion, participated with recorded video at 44th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Special Education, Japan

Nonaka, T. (2006, February). Child Life Practice in the United States. Presented at the Association of Therapeutic Approach Research and the Association of Education for Children with Illness and Disabilities, Japan