Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, where she has taught since 2013.
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.
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.
Her books include the highly successful Bipolar 101 ((with John D. Preston, New Harbinger, 2009) and Preventing Bipolar Relapse (New Harbinger, 2014). She is also editor of the popular text Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health (Jones & Bartlett, 2012).
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, Women’s Health, and Trojan Family magazine, among others.