The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke


Faculty and Staff

Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS

Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist

Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 3624
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: (919) 684-2913
Fax: (919) 668-7884

Ms. Hartford-Todd provides support and education to adult patients with brain tumors and their family members regarding the needs of children and teenagers in the family. Services include:

  • Support and education to patients and/or adult family members regarding children's understanding of illness at different ages; talking with children about the illness and treatment in an age appropriate and honest manner; and helping parents determine when a child might benefit from getting ongoing professional counseling in the home community.

  • Age appropriate support, education, and activities with children and teens regarding brain tumors; treatments; changes in family life related to the illness experience; emotions related to the serious illness of a family member; and developing positive coping and communication skills about the illness experience

  • Support and information related to end of life issues, grief, and referrals to bereavement support services in the home community.

  • Information on local Durham resources for family outings, entertainment, child friendly restaurants, etc.



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