With more than 15 years working in the early childhood field, Jennifer Kemp Berchtold has deep experience as a child life specialist and a developmental therapist. She is currently the infant studies certificate programs manager, as well as an Erikson instructor.

Areas of Expertise

Prematurity; developmental delays; grief & bereavement; early care & education; infant and early childhood mental health; the impact of chronic illness and medical complexity on child development and the family system.


B.S., Multidisciplinary Studies, Illinois State University;
M.S., Child Development with Infancy Specialization, Erikson Institute

Related Experience

  • Bilingual and Infant-Toddler Child Life Specialist
  • Developmental Therapist and Evaluator
  • Family Safety Educator and Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
  • Adjunct Faculty, Harold Washington College
  • Professional Development Instructor/Facilitator and Agency Consultant
  • Program Manager for Infant Studies Certificate Programs at Erikson Institute


  • Professional Advisory Board, Together with Baby
  • Board of Directors, Mattea’s Joy
  • State Credential Review Group, Illinois Gateways to Opportunity
  • Continuing Education Committee, Illinois Developmental Therapy Association
  • Steering Committee, Infant Toddler Conference at Oakton Community College
  • Professional Development Advisory Council, Illinois Gateways to Opportunity
  • Level 6 Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential Pilot Leader/Advisor, Erikson Institute
  • Conference Planning Sub-Committee Chair, National Child Life Annual Conference, 2010