Christy Torkildson has presented widely on a variety of topics related to perinatal and pediatric palliative care. She received her BSN from the University of Miami, MSN from the Univesity of Phoenix and Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco with an emphasis in Family Nursing and Health Policy with a minor in Education. She was inducted as a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in 2015 in recognition of her work towards moving the field forward. She was an advisor for the initial development of the ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care curriculum and remains a trainer to this day. Christy is well published and her current research is focused on legacy, barriers to pediatric palliative care and pet therapy.