Evelyn Brooks Ridgeway, PhD

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Evelyn Brooks Ridgeway, PhD, is manager of the Child Development and Mental Health Unit at the Early Head Start Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century Graduate Fellow - ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Washington, DC

Ford-Mellon Minority Research Fellow - Counseling Psychology Department, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Human Development and Family Studies - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Graduate Degree

PhD in Counseling Psychology - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

MS in Family Counseling - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Titles and Academic Titles

Manager, Child Development and Mental Health Unit

Departments and Services




Brooks, E.V. & Washington, E.D. (1993). African-American identity:  A causal and a non-causal approach. In R. Carter (Ed.), The 1993 Teachers College Winter Roundtable Conference Proceedings:  Training for Competence in Cross-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy. (pp. 1-6). New York, NY:  Teachers College.

Posters and Presentations


Ridgeway, E. (2013, December). Babies in the bulrushes:  Nurturing infants in the African American Christian community. Poster presented at the ZERO TO THREE National Training Institute, San Antonio, TX.

Lectures by Invitation

Ridgeway, E. (2014, June). Supporting religion, faith and spirituality in infant, toddler and family development: Ethical considerations and the role of the secular practitioner. Scheduled presentation for the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health southeast region breakfast meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Ridgeway, E., Williams, A., & Ridgard, T. (2014, July). Creating purposeful socializations: Supporting prenatal, infant and toddler school readiness through family engagement. Accepted presentation for the Annual Birth To Three Institute, Washington, DC.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2013-present, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

- Community Advisory Board