Ruth Anne Hammond is a specialist in infant/toddler development and is best known as a RIE® Associate/ Mentor with Resources for Infant Educarers®. She studied under and worked directly with the program’s founder, Magda Gerber until Gerber’s retirement.
Upon completing her RIE training, Ruth Anne received her M.A. in Infant/Toddler Studies and Parent-Community Work from Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School in Pasadena, CA. After receiving her degree, Ruth Anne was immediately hired to teach Play in Childhood at the College, and a month later was asked to lead the Infant-Toddler/Parent Program in the Children’s School. She held this position for seventeen years and continues as Senior Adjunct Faculty at the College. During her time at Pacific Oaks Children’s School, she delighted in facilitating the learning of hundreds of infants and toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and nannies, as well as supervising her teaching teams and mentoring practicum students.
Ruth Anne is a long-time member of the RIE Board of Directors and was its president from 2005 to 2011. She currently studies Affective Neuroscience with Dr. Allan N. Schore of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the author of Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach (Zero to Three 2009).
Prior to her work in infant/toddler development, Ruth Anne was a professional dancer in New York and a talent manager in Hollywood. She holds a BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University. It was only after becoming a mother and beginning classes with Gerber that she realized her lifelong passion for babies could actually take the shape of a career. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Ruth Anne teaches classes and workshops around the world and continues to consult, write, and facilitate RIE Parent-Infant Guidance Classes™ and trainings.
Her children, a son and a daughter, are both grown up and continue to bring her much joy as they pursue their own passions (respectively) for aerospace engineering and social work. When the family gets together, there is likely to be some salsa dancing, for which her husband must be liberally thanked.