Ruth Richards, Associated Faculty in the Integral Transpersonal Psychology online PhD at CIIS Ruth Richards

Associated Distinguished Professor
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School of Consciousness and Transformation

Harvard Medical School

M.A. and Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Ruth Richards, M.D., Ph.D. is an educational psychologist and Board Certified psychiatrist, affiliated with Saybrook University in Creativity Studies and Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health, and is also affiliated with Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies; she teaches, researches, writes, and speaks on issues of everyday creativity. Dr. Richards has studied creativity in educational, clinical, social action and spiritual contexts, as well as issues in aesthetics and awareness, creativity and consciousness, and chaos and complexity theories. She has taught research at Saybrook and has supervised work using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Dr. Richards has authored numerous articles, chapters, a monograph, was Principal Investigator for development and validation of The Lifetime Creativity Scales at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School (with Dennis Kinney, Ph.D., and others), and has edited/co-edited/authored four previous books. Her authored Everyday Creativity and the Healthy Mind: Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society, for Palgrave Macmillan (2018; paperback, 2019) won a Silver Nautilus Award (“Better Books for a Better World”). She is on two editorial boards (Creativity Research Journal, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology), is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and won the 2009 Rudolf Arnheim Award from Division 10 of APA for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Psychology and the Arts. Her website is A central concern is whether everyday creative process can bring each of us, as creative person, to greater health and purpose, offering new ways to be present with ourselves, each other, our larger world, and life’s possibilities.

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