Sandra Russ is a child clinical psychologist with interests and a research program in pretend play, creativity, and coping in children. She and her students at Case Western Reserve University developed pretend play protocols that use pretend play to develop creativity and coping abilities in typical and pediatric populations. She also developed a measure (Affect in Play Scale) to assess imagination and emotional expression in children. She has been President of several professional organizations and received the Arnheim Award for research in the area of creativity from Division 10 of American Psychological Association. She is a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.