Dr. White has written in a wide variety of media, both in the academic and public space. She has authored books, magazine features, journal articles, editorials, book reviews, blogs and poetry. A sample of her writings can be found below.


Inside Everyday Stress Relief, you’ll find:

  • The biology of stress―Understand how your hormones respond to stress, and how that affects your brain and body.
  • Take action―Writing and reflection exercises help you process feelings and decompress from specific stressful situations.
  • Mindfulness made easy―Discover ways to feel present, focus on what is happening, and more deeply experience your life.

See how Everyday Stress Relief (available May 26) can help you take control of yourself and feel ready to face each day.

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workbook coverEffective and easy-to-follow, her latest book (available June 19, Althea Press) The Stress Management Workbook will teach you to:

  • Identify sources of stress through checklists, quizzes, and other informative activities
  • Set personal stress management goals that will prepare you for the work you’re about to do
  • Learn to handle stress in the moment with interactive exercises that require no more than one, five, or ten minutes
  • Build long-term strategies that support your personal goals and foster positive lifestyle changes for a more fulfilling life

A happier, stress-free life is within reach. Learn how to change the way you respond to stress in your daily life with the practical guidance in The Stress Management Workbook.

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Preventing Bipolar Relapse: A lifestyle program to help you maintain balanced moods and live well (New Harbinger, 2014) is a science-based lifestyle program that focuses on Sleep, Nutrition, Activity and People (SNAP) to reduce the likelihood, frequency and intensity of manic, depressive or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder. The knowledge and strategies in the book help the reader develop: 1. good sleep hygiene; 2. healthy eating habits that promote mental health; 3. a program of physical activity; and, 4. healthy and supportive interpersonal relationships.



Bipolar 101: A practical guide to identifying triggers, managing medications, coping with symptoms and more (New Harbinger, 2009) is a straightforward guide to understanding bipolar disorder. Authored by both a psychologist and a mental health expert who has bipolar disorder herself, this pocket guide is the only book on bipolar disorder you’ll ever need. The book covers all the main aspects of bipolar disorder including depression and mania and addresses strategies for intervention, and prevention of symptoms, including medication, sleep, exercise, nutrition and interpersonal relationships.  



Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health (Jones & Bartlett, 2012) was written for students in public health, medical, and allied health professions, this text develops critical and analytical thinking skills through real-life practice models. The book brings to life ethical, theoretical and conceptual ideas discussed in primary texts, through the analysis of lived stories of maternal and child health programs in countries around the world, including Brazil, Nepal, New Zealand, Haiti, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Uganda, among others. 


8 Smart tips to help you sleep better during the COVID-19 crisis, Fast Company, April 4, 2020

10 Science-backed strategies to try if you’re stressed about COVID-19, Fast Company, March 26, 2020

Why we need role models to de-stigmatize mental illness, Thrive Global, January 29, 2019

Culturally competent care helps heal stigma that mental illness brings among African Americans, Modern Healthcare, September 24, 2018.

We need to normalize mental healthcare in the black community, Thrive Global, July 27, 2018


Culture in Mind: Mental health, culture, and ethnicity (PsychologyToday.com)

Medium: Ruth C. White

Provoking Policy: A critical look at social welfare and health policies

Bipolar 101: Distilling the latest science on bipolar disorder for a lay audience

Other Blog posts

Stress management for social work managers, Network for Social Work Management, January 18, 2018

Volunteer Management: Recruiting and retaining the best free talent, Network for Social Work Management, November 13, 2017

‘So what if I’m crazy?’ Black Voices, Huffington Post, August 15, 2011


White, R.C., & Camacho-Carr, K. (2007) Maama Omwaana: Community-based strategies for increasing utilization of maternity services in Njeru, Uganda. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 1(1), 14-19.

White, R. C., & Carr, R. (2005). Homosexuality and HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in Jamaica. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 7(4), 347-359.


White, R. C. (2008). Finding my mind. In S. Hinshaw, Breaking the Silence: Mental health professionals share their personal and family stories of mental illness. New York: Oxford University, p.44-69.

White, R. C., & Gerke, D. (2007). Gendered experiences of sexuality-based discrimination in Jamaica. In M.V.L. Badgett and J. Frank, Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An international perspective, New York: Routledge, p. 153-163.


Giving that makes a difference. Seattle’s Child, December 2006, p.18-19.

Making every mother and child count. Seattle’s Child. Vol 27, 2 (May 2006: Cover), p.14-17.

Parents turn anger into advocacy. Seattle’s Child. Vol 26, 12 (March 2006: Cover), p.12-14, 16.


Asylum to gay Jamaicans in the USA, The Economist, October 25, 2014 (Scroll down the page)

Gay rights are human rights. Letter to the Editor. The Gleaner. Jamaica. May 27, 2014

Lucy is right, it was a compliment, Letter to the Editor. Financial Times, March 6, 2013

Hunger in a land of plenty. Editorial. ParentMap.com, November 2007

Health care for children: A right or a privilege? Editorial. Parent Map, November 2007

Family values platform not reflected in policy. Letters to the Editor. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Oct 2, 2007

I am not a scary person. Editorial. Seattle Times, October 26, 2006

Stamping out ignorance. Letter to the Editor. Black Enterprise, July 2006