Meet Our Team

Alisha Rappaport, M.S.Ed, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Child Life Director

Alisha has worked at New York Hospital Queens for 15 years and has been in the field of Child Life/Art Therapy for 18years. She has two masters degrees - one in counseling and one in art therapy. Both of her degrees are from Hofstra University. She is a registered and board certified art therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and is licensed by New York state as a Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). She is also a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) by the Child Life Certifying Committee. Alisha oversees the entire child life program, takes care of administrative responsibilities, the pediatric department webpage and works with the Gastroenterology group for her Clinical work. Alisha has created and developed many programs for Child Life and the Department of Pediatrics. Alisha also is responsible for the fundaising and grant writing in order to keep the Child Life Program strong. She has developed and runs two support groups, one for Preemie parents and one for new moms. These groups allow for new moms to get the support that they need.

 

Rena Grosser MA, ATR, LCAT limited permit, CCLS

Rena interned in our Child Life program and joined our team in October 2012. Rena completed her undergraduate studies at Queens College and received her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She is a registered art therapist (ATR), as well as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) by the Child Life Certifying Committee. Rena is currently acquiring clinical hours to pursue her license by New York state as Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT limited permit). Aside from NYHQ, Rena’s experience in pediatrics includes volunteering in the Child Life program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and she divides her time also working at a Special Education Preschool. Rena specializes in using the creative process to encourage our patients to explore positive ways to confront stressors and identify tools for effective coping during hospitalization in a non-threatening way. You can see Rena on the Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Unit, the PICU, ASU, and Endoscopy. She also co-facilitates scrapbooking for preemie parents support group that is for parents who have babies in the NICU.

 

Taylor Converse, BS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist

   

Taylor graduated with a BS in Child Life from East Carolina University in the spring of 2009 and received her Child Life Certification from the Child Life Council in the fall. In May of 2010 she joined our team here at NYHQ. Taylor has a great deal of experience working with children from around the world. As a volunteer, she was part of the five women team that started a Child Life program in Cape Town, South Africa at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in the burns unit. For her college internship, she worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON with neurology, neurotrauma, trauma, and urology patients. In addition to these amazing experiences, Taylor has traveled to other parts of the world including India, Peru, and France to learn about different cultures; experience that she uses daily here at New York Hospital Queens. Taylor is from Northern Virginia and has moved to New York to share her knowledge with the children here at New York Hospital Queens. You can see Taylor on the Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Unit, the PICU, and the Pediatric ER.

 

 

Support staff also includes volunteers, and Interns who are at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

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