A photo of Ilka Riddle.

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

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


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.

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

My Education

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

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

My Publications

Caregivers of Individuals with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: Perspectives, experiences, and relationships with medical professionals. Webster, J; Wiley, S; Schorry, E; Bowers, K; Collins Ruff, K; Riddle, I. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2021.

Living Independent From Tobacco reduces cigarette smoking and improves general health status among long-term tobacco users with disabilities. Barnhart, WR; Whalen Smith, CN; Coleman, E; Riddle, IK; Havercamp, SM. Disability and Health Journal. 2020; 13.

Implementing Living Independent From Tobacco With Dyads of People With Disabilities and Their Caregivers: Successes and Lessons Learned. Barnhart, WR; Whalen Smith, CN; Ellsworth, D; Coleman, E; Lorenz, A; Riddle, IK; Havercamp, SM. Mental Retardation. 2020; 58:241-250.

Enhancing language in children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing using augmentative and alternative communication technology strategies. Meinzen-Derr, J; Sheldon, RM; Henry, S; Grether, SM; Smith, LE; Mays, L; Riddle, I; Altaye, M; Wiley, S. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2019; 125:23-31.

Evidence for the Fidelity and Effectiveness of Living Independent From Tobacco for People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers. Havercamp, SM; Barnhart, WR; Ellsworth, D; Coleman, E; Lorenz, A; Whalen Smith, CN; Riddle, IK. Tobacco Use Insights. 2019; 12.

Caregiving for youth with co-occurring developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues when caregivers face additional health-related stressors: Analysis of risk and protective factors from a national sample. McCarthy, MJ; Behimer, G; Anderson, JA; Riddle, I. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2016; 59:399-409.