Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is a stress management and mental wellness expert and mental health activist, who fights against stigma and promotes mental health and well-being. She combines her training in social work and public health 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 the forthcoming book, The Stress Management Workbook (Callisto, 2018) and writes a popular blog for Pscyhology Today that explores the intersection of culture and mental health.
Dr. White is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to USC, where she has taught since 2013, she taught undergraduate and graduate students at San Francisco State, Seneca College (Toronto), McGill (Montreal), UCBerkeley, and Seattle University where she earned tenure.
Ruth has 25+ years of experience working locally, nationally and globally with individuals, organizations, governments, and communities to build, implement, manage and evaluate programs in health, mental health, social welfare, and diversity inclusion.
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, health and mental health in a wide range of media including the BBC, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Seattle Times, New York Times, The Economist, Black Enterprise, Vanguardia, el Columbiano, and Woman’s Day, among others.