Ilka K. Riddle, PhD

Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-3620

Fax: 513-803-0072


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Research Interests

Healthcare transition of children and youth with special health care needs; health disparities and health equity for individuals with disabilities


As the director of the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD), Ilka Riddle, PhD, is responsible for achieving the four core functions of a UCEDD: interdisciplinary training, community services and collaborations, research and information dissemination. UC UCEDD achieves its goals through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program; community partnerships on self-advocacy, transition, employment, housing and healthy living; research on transition and sharing of disability and other relevant information with individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, health care providers, state and community agencies staff, policy makers and legislators. Dr. Riddle participates on a variety of state advisory and task forces to provide technical assistance on disability, conducts research on health care transition, engages with the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) on disability-relevant topics and works with local, regional and state partners on a variety of initiatives to improve community integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Education and Training

MS: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2001.

PhD: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2006.



Planning and implementation of regional transition conference and development of transition social stories. Project Director/Principal Investigator. Jack Rubinstein Foundation, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Nov 2013–Jun 2014.

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). Principal Investigator. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jul 2012–Jun 2017.

Improving the Health of People with Disabilities through State-Based Public Health Programs. Co-Investigator. National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University. Jul 2012–Jun 2015.