Ruth Richards is Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University, in the College of Social Sciences, and works in areas of Consciousness, Spirituality, Integrative Health, and in Creativity Studies. She does qualitative research, and also works with www.ahimsaberkeley.org, an interfaith and social action organization. She is currently in Brooklyn, NY, participating with www.bwac.org, the largest non-profit, volunteer artists' organization in Brooklyn, with major gallery and performance space, furthering the voice of New York and the local community. Dr. Richards' numerous publications include the edited Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature, and she is winner of the Armheim Award from Div.10 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding lifetime achievement in psychology and the arts. Her many interests include healthy benefits of creative process for individuals and cultures, for personal, ethical, and spiritual development, issues of empathy and relational creativity in a troubled world, questions of beauty and awareness, and applications of Chaos Theory to an emerging worldview and view-of-self in the 21st century.
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Fellow American Psychological Association Member Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences Advisory Board Ahimsa Berkeley Member Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Psychologist, Massachusetts Medical Doctor, CA (active), NY (inactive), MA (inactive)
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Contributor Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Advisory Board Ahimsa Berkeley
- Media Exposure
Have been featured in NY TIMES Science News and other newspapers and periodicals
New England News Magazine
Interviewee on syndicated radio program, Infinite Mind
- Question and Answer
Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.
We help students pursue their goals and passions within a context that provides rigor, excellence, and creativity, in how one defines, develops, and researches an area.
Provide a statement or philosophy regarding your professional practice.
Not currently practicing clinically.
Why did you choose to enter your professional area(s)?
The breadth and creative possibilities of this area, the chance to explore human potential, spiritual possibility, and to play some role in redefining both worldview and view of self-in-world, during these troubled times.
What advice would you give a student entering Saybrook University?
This is a great place that will honor you, challenge you, and for many of our students, can produce some amazing and transformative changes. One never knows! Let us all move forward together.
- Curriculum Vitae
Title Location Date many presentations, USA/abroad see CV
Diverse research in creativity and mental health, education, spirituality and more--please see CV
Runco, M., & Richards, R (Eds) (1998). Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health. Greenwich, CT: Ablex/Greenwood Publ. Co..
Richards, R. (Ed.) (2007). Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
- Professional Skills
Board Certified psychiatrist, educational psychologist, credentialled to teach art at secondary level, as well as physics and math