Judith B. Van Ginkel, PhD

President, Every Child Succeeds

Academic Affiliation

Field Service Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2830

Fax 513-363-2460

Email judith.vanginkel@cchmc.org

Dr. Van Ginkel has a distinguished career as a champion for women’s and children’s health and for supporting program initiatives with sound research. She is presently professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and president of Every Child Succeeds (ECS), an $8M home visitation program she spearheaded with three founding partners: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency/Head Start.

ECS is a regional prevention program that is based upon the knowledge that early brain stimulation is critically important for a child’s long-term development. The program serves first-time, high-risk mothers and their infants from the prenatal period until the child is three years old.

An innovative strategist and leader, Van Ginkel has been instrumental in establishing public policy on social service issues and health care. Examples include obtaining funding for a biomedical incubator at the University of Cincinnati that is creating products for the commercial market, chairing three successful health services levy campaigns, yielding $410 million, and turning around Drake Center, a failing, old established Cincinnati institution for long-term care. 

She has served on the board of a for-profit developer of internet search engines for schools and on many community non-profit boards including Bio/Start, WGUC Classical Public Radio (chair), Child Health Statistics Center, Junior League of Greater Cincinnati (advisory), Xavier University (President’s Advisory Council), Cincinnatus Association (first female president in 70 years), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Greater Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund Cabinet, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Hoxworth Blood Center (first female president in the country), and NetWellness Consumer Health Information Network.

She is a passionate adventurous traveler and has visited most countries in the world. She has written travel articles and won a national award for a travel series on destinations. Her popular book, Life Begins and Ends with Girlfriends, written with a friend and co-author, was published in October 2007.

PhD: Political Science / Public Administration, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1982.

MS: Healthcare Administration, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1978.

BS: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1960.

Honors Program: Liberal Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1956-1958.

View PubMed Publications

Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Stevens J, Bosse NR, Short JA, Bodley AL, Van Ginkel JB. An Open Trial of In-Home CBT for Depressed Mothers in Home Visitation. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Oct 9.

Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Bosse NR, Teeters AR, Van Ginkel JB. Maternal Depression in Home Visitation: A Systematic Review. Aggress Violent Behav. 2010 May;15(3):191-200.

Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Altaye M, Chen L, Holleb LJ, Stevens J, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB. Changes in depressive symptoms in first time mothers in home visitation. Child Abuse Negl. 2009 Mar;33(3):127-38.

Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Kopke JE, Gannon TA, Short JA, Van Ginkel JB, Clark MJ, Carrozza MA, Spector AR. Development and implementation of a quality assurance infrastructure in a multisite home visitation program in Ohio and Kentucky. J Prev Interv Community. 2007;34(1-2):89-107.

Donovan EF, Ammerman RT, Besl J, Atherton H, Khoury JC, Altaye M, Putnam FW, Van Ginkel JB. Intensive home visiting is associated with decreased risk of infant death. Pediatrics. 2007 Jun;119(6):1145-51.

Ammerman RT, Bodley AL, Putnam FW, Lopez WL, Holleb LJ, Stevens J, & Van Ginkel JB. In-Home Cognitive Behavior Therapy for a depressed mother in a home visitation program. Clinical Case Studies. 2007;6:161-180.

Ammerman RT, Stevens J, Putnam FG, Altaye M, Hulsmann JE, Lehmkuhl HD, Monroe JC, Gannon TA, & Van Ginkel JB. Predictors of early engagement in home visitation. Journal of Family Violence. 2006;21:74-85.

Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Stevens J, Holleb LJ, Novak AL, & Van Ginkel JB. In-home cognitive behavior therapy for depression: An adapted treatment for first time mothers in home visitation. Best Practices in Mental Health. 2005;1:1-14.

Stevens J, Ammerman RT, Putnam FW, Gannon TA, & Van Ginkel JB. Facilitators and barriers to engagement in home visitation: A qualitative analysis of maternal, provider, and supervisor data. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. 2005;11:75-93.

Kopke JE, Carrozza M, Witherow BA, Van Ginkel JB, Putnam F, Ammerman R. Every user succeeds. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2003:898.