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Leigh Ridings PhD

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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
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Leigh E. Ridings, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Child and Family Services for the Trauma Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University, with an emphasis in child psychology. She completed her internship at Baylor College of Medicine on the child and family track, and her postdoctoral clinical and research training at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC and MUSC. Dr. Ridings is a licensed clinical psychologist providing leadership in child and family operations in MUSC’s pediatric trauma center and clinically supervising master’s- and doctoral-level trainees in evidence-based mental health assessment and treatment through the TRRP service. 


Dr. Ridings’ research focuses on developing, rigorously testing, and scaling innovative, cost-efficient, evidence-based health technology resources to improve access and quality of care for trauma-impacted families in real-world settings. Her program of research thus far has focused on (1) developing and evaluating sustainable interventions for high-risk children and families affected by traumatic events, (2) examining contextual and individual factors associated with child and family trauma to improve the efficacy of prevention and treatment among high-risk populations, and (3) identifying barriers and facilitators to enhance access to evidence-based services for trauma-affected children and families. She serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several federally-funded projects aiming to improve service quality and access for those impacted by traumatic events through development and dissemination of technology-based and mobile health resources.