Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, where she teaches and leads graduate courses in management, program evaluation and policy.

She earned her PhD in Social Welfare and MPH in Maternal and Child Health and International Health from the University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor and Masters in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal (Canada). She also has a Bachelor in Social Science in Sociology from the University of Ottawa (Canada). She is author of Preventing Bipolar Relapse (New Harbinger, 2014), and lead author (with John D. Preston) of Bipolar 101 (New Harbinger, 2009). She is also editor of Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health (Jones & Bartlett, 2012). She is currently writing a  general audience book on mental health and wellness.



Maximize the capacity, productivity and well-being of people, the organizations in which they work, and the communities in which they live.



Excellence, honesty, justice, creativity, courage and laughter (in no particular order).


Skills & Knowledge

  • Breadth and depth in economics, sociology, public health, social welfare and statistics.
  • Rigorous pedagogical strategies that emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, social justice and inclusion.
  • Creative solutions to complex issues related to personal and organizational development, inclusion/diversity, social policy,  and social programs.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytics.
  • Builds bridges across teams, stakeholders, cultures and geographies.
  • Engaging, accessible, clear, concise, well-structured verbal and written communication.


Areas of Expertise

  • Personal, organizational and community capacity-building
  • Diversity/inclusion
  • Inter-disciplinary, trans-border and inter-cultural programs and services
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Women’s issues
  • Maternal and child health
  • Bipolar Disorder


Professional Profile


Curriculum Vitae