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

Dr. Ruth Richards, educational psychologist, Board Certified psychiatrist, and longtime professor at Saybrook University in Creativity Studies, and Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health, is a Fellow with the American Psychological Association (APA) in Divs. 10, 32, and 48, and a member of Div. 34.  She has published numerous articles, edited/written four books on everyday creativity, and received the Rudolf Arnheim Award from Div. 10 APA for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Psychology and the Arts.  Her work spans education, clinical areas, social action, spirituality, aesthetics and awareness, and importance of chaos and complexity theories in areas including our dynamic identity, interconnection, and ongoing evolution in a challenged world.  Earlier, Dr. Richards was Principal Investigator at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, working with Dennis Kinney and others, on development and validation of the Lifetime Creativity Scales (written up by Daniel Goleman in The New York Times, while highlighting new findings on risk for bipolar disorder and an everyday creative “compensatory advantage” among better functioning relatives). She advocates for a “new normal.”

Her latest book (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; paperback, 2019), Everyday Creativity and the Healthy Mind: Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society, won a Silver Nautilus Award (2018 “Creative Process”). The Nautilus motto is: “Better books for a better world.” Dr. Richards sees dynamic creative living as central to advancement of individuals and cultures, and to a new worldview and view of self-in-world.

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