Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale

Director, Child Life Program

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Caregiving of children with special learning needs, Diversity issues as they relate to healthcare and education, Early intervention, Family advocacy within the educational and healthcare setting, Healthcare (particularly pediatrics), Leadership initiatives in child life, Literacy initiatives, Special education

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I have worked with children and families in various capacities for over 30 years, as an itinerant special education teacher, recreation therapist, child life specialist, and early intervention administrator. I am most passionate about my work supporting the strengths of each family to meet the needs of their children. Having worked as a special educator and child life specialist; I appreciate the importance of including the family in all decisions regarding their children. Each family is unique and has both strengths and challenges that impact their ability to support their child. As we move forward, the challenges facing children and families both in education and healthcare are increasing as resources are diminishing. It is important for professionals who are and will be working with children and families to understand the obstacles and mobilize the available resources within the family and community to best support each child’s development.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Director of Child Life Program, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; Bronx Borough Director of Early Intervention Service Coordination Medical Health and Research Association; Director of Child Life Jacobi Medical Center; Director of Child Life Saint Mary’s of Westchester.

Recent Professional Contributions

Early Intervention Service Coordination Trainer for Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. Presentations at the Bank Street College of Education Infancy Institute. Presentations at the Child Life of Greater New York Conference.

Fieldwork advisement to current students. Membership in Child Life Council. Co–chair of the Child Life Council Academic Preparation Task Force 2020. Member of Child Life of Greater New York. Member of the Integrative Master’s Committee (2010-2012).

Educational Background

  • M.A., Special Education, Ohio State University
  • B.S., Therapeutic Recreation, West Virginia State University

Contact me:

(212) 875-4473
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025