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  Gloria Rodriguez-Ransom
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

E-mail: ransom@pitt.edu
Tel: 412.383.9027
Biography
Gloria J. Rodriguez-Ransom is native to Puerto Rico and received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from La Roche College, PA in 1995. She furthered her studies at Duquesne University, PA achieving a M.S.Ed. in School and Community Counseling in 1998 and received National Board Counselors Certification in 2002. Gloria J. Rodriguez-Ransom began her career by providing Residential Treatment Services and Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Allegheny County for several years. Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom worked as a caseworker for Children, Youth and Families in 1998, provided Mental Health Services in Allegheny county and surrounding areas and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2004. As a private practitioner Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom has provided individual, couple and family counseling in and out of the office setting. In 2006 she became a Student Assistance Consultant and provided consulting services to non-public schools in Allegheny County through the Non-public School Program at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3. As a Student Assistance Consultant, Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom, provided educational in-services, resources, referrals and made available a network of services to all participating schools. For the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom instructs the following courses: Barriers to School Success; How to teach a high risk student, Classroom Interventions, Bullying/Cyber bullying, Mean Girls/Relational Aggression, Getting your Assets Moving/Resiliency, Truancy, Trauma, Stress Management for the Teacher, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2008, Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom was hired as the Parent Network Coordinator at the Office of Child Development, through the University of Pittsburgh. As the network coordinator, Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom created outreach opportunities to Family Centers across Pennsylvania in order to achieve one common goal; advocate for families and children in their communities. After this project, Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom becomes the Project Coordinator for the “Real Help, Real Time” Emergency Fund for families who are in financial crisis and reside in the communities of Allegheny County were there are 32 Family Support Centers located. In the summer of 2009 Mrs. Rodriguez-Ransom became an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh and now offers the same supportive consulting services to the 0-5 year old population, their families and centers staff. Gloria J. Rodriguez-Ransom is committed to improving the life of a child one family at a time by reaching out to families in need. Mrs. Rodriguez- Ransom does this all by providing Mental Health/Education – Prevention Services in a culturally competent manner to the English and Non-English speakers.