Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale

Director, Child Life Program

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Child Life, Children’s health , Diversity issues as they relate to healthcare and education, Early intervention, Family advocacy , Leadership initiatives in child life within the healthcare and educational setting, Literacy initiatives, Narrative Medicine , 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 all over the world, in education and healthcare are increasing as resources are diminishing. It is important for professionals who work with children and families to understand the obstacles and mobilize the available resources within the family and community to develop and empower caregivers to advocate for the needs of their children.

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

Child Life Council Board of Directors
Early Intervention Service Coordination Trainer for Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. Service Coordination Trainer
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 the Child Life Council Academic Preparation Task Force
Member of Child Life of Greater New York

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