Richard Ruth

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Professional Psychology Program
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: 1922 F Street, NW
Washington, DC,

Dr. Richard Ruth teaches and mentors students in the Psy.D. program in the Professional Psychology Program at The George Washington University. Dr. Ruth is also a steering committee member, faculty, and supervisor with the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry; and a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. In the Professional Psychology Program, 

Dr. Ruth heads the child/adolescent track; teaches child psychopathology and psychotherapy, cross-cultural clinical psychology, history and systems of psychology, ethics and professional issues, and psychotherapy practicum courses; supervises student research; and supervises student clinical work in psychological and neuropsychological assessment and individual, group, family, and couples psychotherapy.  In particular, he supervises the transgender group at the program’s Center Clinic, a trans-affirmative group that has been in operation for several years.  Several of the research projects in which he is involved focus on LGBT issues.  He is trained as a family therapist and as a neuropsychologist, as well as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.  Prior to coming to the university, he worked as a clinical psychologist in research, school, hospital, and community mental health settings.

Current Research

Among Dr. Ruth’s longstanding interests are qualitative research, trauma, disability, and cross-cultural clinical work.


BA, New School for Social Research; MA, PhD, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University; post-graduate training in psychoanalysis, neuropsychology, family therapy. 

Classes Taught

PSYD 6221  Special Topics: Transgender Mental Health