Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor on the Virtual Academic Center of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, where she teaches and leads graduate courses in social policy, program evaluation and the management of human services on their Virtual Academic Center platform.

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 well-being.

Mission and Values

Her professional mission is to maximize the capacity, productivity and well-being of people and the organizations in which they work. Excellence, honesty, justice, creativity, courage and laughter (in no particular order) are the core values that drive her work.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Breadth and depth in economics, sociology, public health, social welfare and statistics.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytics.
  • Excellent grasp of community development strategies and participatory action research to help communities reach their collective goals.
  • Creative solutions for complex issues related to personal and organizational development, social policy, social programs and inclusion/diversity.
  • Engaging, accessible, clear, concise, well-structured verbal and written communication.
  • Rigorous pedagogical strategies that emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, social justice and inclusion


  • Community, organizational and personal development
  • Maternal and child health
  • Inter-disciplinary, trans-border and inter-cultural programs and services
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Mental health
  • Bipolar Disorder