Adjunct Professor Ritchie J. Rubio

Ritchie J. Rubio

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Rubio has worked as a clinical child psychologist, systems leader, researcher-storyteller, program evaluator, statistical consultant, national telehealth expert consultant, and associate professor/lecturer in a variety of clinical and academic settings including public health systems, universities, pediatric hospitals, community mental health settings, schools, and research institutes in three countries: the Philippines, U.S.A., and New Zealand.

He is currently the Director of Practice Improvement and Analytics of the Children, Youth, and Families System of Care at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in California, USA. In that role, he plans and coordinates a clinical practice improvement and evaluation program focused on identifying best trauma-informed and diversity-responsive practices; and utilizing implementation science to design and strengthen clinical assessment and interventions. His clinical work is primarily with immigrant and BIPOC children/youth and their families. He mostly integrates psychodynamic, attachment, family systems, multicultural, narrative, expressive arts, play therapy, and CBT orientations.


  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Trauma and Racial/Ethnic Trauma
  • Multicultural Psychology

Research Areas

  • Psychological assessment
  • Cross-cultural gender roles
  • Gay father families


  • California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University San Francisco, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2007
  • Saint Louis University, MS in Psychology, 2002
  • Saint Louis University, BS in Psychology, 1998

Prior Experience

  • Director of Practice Improvement and Analytics, San Francisco Department of Public Health: Children, Youth, & Families System of Care
  • Associate Professor and Program Evaluator, The Wright Institute at Berkeley
  • Lead Program Evaluator and Research Psychologist, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Research Faculty and Fellow, Rockway Institute

Awards & Distinctions

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 53 Award for Promoting Evidence-Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, 2023
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation Data and Innovation Award, 2018
  • Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) Fellow, 2003

Selected Publications