Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Unconditional positive regard
Learning new things
Investment in people and learning
The developmental interaction approach
Learning through doing
Trusting the process
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Play Therapist, Northside Center for Child Development
Social Worker, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
Teacher, Karen Horney Clinic
Sunday School Teacher, Unitarian Church Of All Souls
Recent Professional Contributions
Child Life Council, Certified Child Life Specialist & Member
Research and Scholarship Committee Member
The Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)
Chair of Membership Support Committee
Standish Foundation for Children Advisory Board Member
Bank Street College of Education Autism Annotation Advisory Board Member
Bank Street College of Education Website Committee
Bank Street College of Education Online Research Committee
Advising seven Child Life Students
- MSW, Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University
- M.S., Early Childhood Education with concentration in Child Life, Bank Street College of Education
- B.A., Sociology, Georgetown University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Vilas, D. (2012). Loss in the classroom. Conference presentation, Bank Street College of Education Retreat. Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.
Vilas, D. (2012). Playful eruptions around the world. New York Association for Play Therapy Newsletter, 15(2), 5-6.
Vilas, D. (2012). Loose parts in the playroom. New York Association for Play Therapy Newsletter, 16(1), 9-10.
Vilas, D., & Boyd Webb, N. (2011). Children with medical conditions in the hospital and in the community: How play therapy helps deal with stress and anxiety. Keynote address, 12th Annual Conference. New York Association for Play Therapy, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Vilas, D. (2010). Illness, loss and death in early childhood classrooms. Staff in-service presentation, Bank Street Family Center SEIT Home & Community-Based Program. Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.
Vilas, D. (2009). Playing for life: Making room for deep play in your classroom. Staff in-service presentation. Hyde Leadership School, Bronx, NY.
Vilas, D. (2009). Emotionally responsive teaching. Staff in-service presentation. Little Red Schoolhouse, New York, NY.
Vilas, D. (2009). Child life practice in hospitals. In N. Boyd Webb (Ed.), Helping children and adolescents with chronic and serious medical conditions: A strengths-based approach (pp. 73-88). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.