Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is a diversity trainer, stress management expert, and mental health activist who is committed to creating healthier and happier workplaces, workforces, classrooms, and communities. Her keynotes and workshops focus on stress management, preventing burnout and compassion fatigue, mental health stigma, workforce mental health, and diversity/equity/inclusion.
During the COVID19 pandemic, Dr. White is a regular contributor as a mental health expert on KRON4 News Bay Area Morning Buzz focusing on stress management and mental wellness. She has also published related articles in Fast Company and on the Thrive Global and Psychology Today platforms.
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 past clients include: Los Angeles Dept of Mental Health, JPMorganChase, NAACP, Gainsight, Montreal Police Force, Uganda Ministry of Health, University of Belize, and the Network for Social Work Management.
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 earned tenure at Seattle University. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate students at San Francisco State, Seneca College (Toronto), McGill University (Montreal), and the University of California, Berkeley.
Her workshops in stress management, combatting compassion fatigue, beating burnout and building emotional resilience combine 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. As a mental health advocate, she has written and spoken to local, national and international audiences about issues connected to mental health and wellness such as stigma, race, culture, health services, and media portrayals.
She has taught courses in race, class and gender diversity to undergraduates and graduates for more than a decade and has collaborated with organizations to explore the topics of ‘fit’, inclusion, and managing diversity. Engaging participants in critical thinking and self-awareness exercises, she shifts attitudes, thinking and practices at the personal and organizational levels.
Dr. White is author of The Stress Management Workbook: De-stress in 10 minutes or less (Althea Press, 2018) and writes a popular blog for Psychology Today that explores the intersection of culture and mental health. Other books include the popular Bipolar 101: A practical guide to identifying triggers, managing medications, coping with symptoms and more ((with John D. Preston, New Harbinger, 2009) and Preventing Bipolar Relapse: A lifestyle program to help you maintain a balanced mood and live well (New Harbinger, 2014). She is also editor of the text Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health (Jones & Bartlett, 2012).
Her expertise has been featured in various media on topics related to diversity, health and mental health in a wide range of media including The Today Show, KRON4, BBC World Service, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Seattle Times, New York Times, The Economist, Black Enterprise, Vanguardia, el Columbiano, and Woman’s Day, among others.
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