Prior to USC, she taught in the social work and sociology programs at Seattle University where she earned tenure. During her graduate studies at UC Berkeley, she spent 3 years as a full-time adjunct professor in the undergraduate and graduate social work programs at San Francisco State University, and evaluated health and social welfare programs at SRI International (Menlo Park, CA) for 5 years.
Ruth has 25+ years of experience working locally, nationally and globally with individuals, organizations, governments, and communities to build human and institutional capacity in health and social welfare, 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.
As a mental wellness consultant, speaker and coach, she combines her training as a social worker and public health professional to promote mental health and well-being in individuals, organizations and communities. Her approach is holistic, science-based, prevention-focused, and grounded in her past experience as an elite athlete, a lifetime of fitness, and her mental health journey as someone who lives with bipolar disorder.
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, based on evidence-based strategies rooted in the latest research.
She has been cited or featured on topics related to diversity and mental health in a wide range of media including BBC, The Economist, Financial Times, Women’s Day, Black Enterprise, Seattle Times, Slate, and Yahoo Shine, among others. In 2016, her inspirational story of recovery from mental illness was featured in Women’s Health as part of their Mental Health Awareness Month (May) feature and in Trojan Family magazine – the flagship publication of the University of Southern California..