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.

Dr. Ruth C. White works locally, nationally and globally with individuals, organizations, governments, and communities to build human and institutional capacity that is client-driven, evidence-based, and sustainable. Her goal is to move people and organizations from thinking and dreaming to doing and being.With breadth and depth in sociology, social work, public health, and economics, she brings an interdisciplinary perspective to problem-solving.

Dr. White has 25+ years of success finding solutions to complex problems using a multi-systemic, collaborative approach that leverages existing assets and relationships. She has lived and worked in USA, UK, and Canada, worked in Belize and Uganda, and conducted ground-breaking research in Jamaica.

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).


  • Training and professional development
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Community engagement

Areas of Practice

  • Personal, organizational, and community capacity-building
  • Diversity/inclusion
  • Health and well-being



Psychology Today – Culture in Mind: At the junction of culture and mental health

Provoking Policy: Commentary on health and social welfare policy

Bipolar 101: Cutting edge science on bipolar disorder rdistilled for a lay audience


Resume and CV