Cara Smith is a Certified Child Life Specialist currently working as a clinical instructor in child life studies at Missouri State University. Cara is a Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) facilitator and registered yoga teacher. Her work in child life has allowed her to work with children in the urgent child abuse clinic, emergency department, burn unit, medical trauma unit, pediatric intensive care unit and foster care settings.

In 2014, Cara led a study away experience for child life students to Cape Town, South Africa where she was introduced to Lionhearted Kids. Since that time, Cara has worked closely with Lionhearted Kids, helping to develop and lead trainings for students and professionals in South Africa and the United States. Cara believes deeply in our ability to build resiliency in others and ourselves through meaningful relationships.