Betty J. Ruth

SSWPROFSClinical Professor
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Public Health
Coordinator, Ethics Course
Phone: 617-353-4574
bjruth@bu.edu

Education

BA (sociology), University of California, Santa Cruz
MSW (clinical), Boston University School of Social Work
MPH (health services), Boston University School of Public Health

Courses Taught

HB 735     Implications of Racism
SP 741      Social Work Practice Ethics
MH 706   Social and Cultural Foundations of Practice (Boston University School of Graduate Medical Sciences)
MH 702   Professional Orientation and Ethics for Mental Health (BU School of Graduate Medical Sciences)

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Public health social work training and practice; trans-disciplinary education and practice for social workers in health settings; professional ethics; cross-cultural practice in health settings; oral health promotion and social work; suicide prevention education in social work; quality and effectiveness of social work continuing professional education.

Selected Publications

Ruth, BJ, Velasquez, EM, Marshall, JW & Ziperstein, D (in press).  Shaping the future of prevention in social work:  An analysis of the professional literature from 2000-2010. Health and Social Work.

Ruth, BJ, Marshall, JW, Valasquez, EE, Bachman, S (in press).  Educating public health social work professionals: Results from an MSW/MPH program outcomes study. Journal of Social Work Education.

Ruth, BJ, Marshall, JW & Valasquez, E. (2013). Prevention in social work scholarship: A content analysis of Families in Society 2000-2010. Families in Society.

Ross, AM, Ruth, BJ, Keefe, RH, and Smith, DR. (2013). Emerging Issues and Conclusion. In:  Keefe, RH, & Jurkowski, E (Eds). Handbook of Public Heath Social Work, New York, NY: Springer.

Ruth, BJ, Gianino, M, Muroff, J, Feldman, B & McLaughlin, D (2012). You can never recover from suicide: Elevating the issue of suicide in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(3), 501-516.

Wyatt Marshall, J, Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Cohen, M, Bachman, S (2011). Social work interest in prevention: A content analysis of the professional literature. Social Work, 56 (3), 201-211.

Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S (2008). Public health social work. In: Mizrahi, T, & Davis, L (Eds). Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed). New York: National Association of Social Workers, Oxford University Press.

Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Wyatt, J, Bethke, C, Bachman, S, Markham Piper, T (2008). Public health and social work: Training dual professionals for the contemporary workplace. Public Health Reports,(2) 123.

Ruth BJ, Wyatt, J, Chiasson, E, Geron, S, Bachman, S (2006).  Social work and public health: Comparing graduates from a dual-degree program. Journal of Social Work Education, 42, (2), 429-439.

Miller, JL, Hyde, C, Ruth, BJ (2004). Teaching about racism in social work:  Challenges for white educators. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 74 (2).

Hyde C, Ruth, BJ (2002). Multicultural content and class participation: Do students self-censor? Journal of Social Work Education, 38, (2).

Selected Presentations

Schultz, N., Wachman, M, Orwoll, B, & Ruth BJ (2014).  Health in all MSW Programs: Findings from a national analysis of MSW Programs. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Rios, C, Clement, A, Hope, L, Wachman, M, Schultz, N, Lopez, L & Ruth, BJ (2014). Public health social work and its role in global health. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Gianino, M, Geron, SM, Sheehan, D, & Ruth, BJ (2014). A Crisis in Social Work Continuing Professional Education? A Faculty Conversation. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Ruth, BJ, Wachman, M & Schultz, N (2014). Health in all programs? Findings from a website analysis of MSW programs. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Ruth, BJ, Wachman, M, & Marshall, J (2014) Educating social workers for wide lens approaches in health: the Health in all MSW Programs Study. Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

Ziperstein, D, Clement, A, Marshall, A, Velasquez, E & Ruth, BJ (2013) Mapping dual-degree programs in social work and public health: Results from a national survey. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Ruth, BJ, Tobia, VJ, Ross, AM, Lopez, L, Velasquez, E & Marshall, JW. (2012). Mapping the practice of public health social work: Results from an MSW/MPH alumni survey. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Ruth, BJ, Ross, AM & Lopez, L. (2012). Mapping the practice of public health social work: Results from an MSW/MPH alumni survey. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC

Freedman, R, Gianino, M & Ruth, BJ (2012). The changing nature of gatekeeping in social work education. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC

Ruth, BJ & Hill, EM (2012) Public health social work in the 21st century: Overview and examples from the field. MA NASW Symposium, Framingham, MA

Ruth, BJ & Ross, AM (2012) Invited Speech: Social Work Month. Public health social work in the 21stcentury: Overview and examples from the field. Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Ruth, BJ & Ross, AM (2011). Public health social work in the 21st century: Overview and examples from the field. Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Steketee, G, Ruth, BJ, Gehnrich, J. & Kreida, E. (2011). Educating Social Work Trainees on CBT for Anxiety Disorders. Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Ruth, BJ, Wyatt Marshall, J, Hill, E, Taranto, L & Sisco, S. (2010).   Social work interest in prevention: New findings from an ongoing content analysis of the professional literature. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Ruth, BJ & Hill, E. (2010). Social Work Interest in Prevention: Findings from an Ongoing Content Analysis. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR

Ruth, BJ (2010). Keynote Speaker, Mount Auburn Hospital Social Work Department 100thAnniversary Commemoration. Hospital social work: then and now. Cambridge, MA

Ruth, BJ & Geron, S (2009). The missing link: Social work’s need to strengthen continuing professional education. Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.

Ruth, BJ, Gianino, M, McLaughlin, D, Muroff, J, Hill, E, Ross, A, and Taranto, L (2009). Suicide prevention education in social work education: presentations from the Boston University Suicide Education Enhancement Project. American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA

Ruth, BJ & Zimmerman, T (2009). Doing the right thing: an ethics toolbox for everyday practice. BUSSW Professional Education Programs, Fall River, MA

Ruth, BJ, Muroff, J, McLaughlin, D, Gianino, M. (2008). Suicide prevention intervention training in social work education: Identifying the issues. Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA

Ruth, BJ, Sasportas, K, Beville, K, Muroff, J (2008). Suicide prevention/intervention training in social work education: Mapping the training issues. American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA

Ross, A, Horowitz, A, Hunegs, L, Ruth, BJ (2008). MSW student and alumni perspectives on suicide prevention training: Results from a qualitative inquiry. American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA

Ruth, BJ. (2007). Keynote Speaker: Social Work Month, Children’s Hospital: Public health social work in everyday practice. Boston, MA

Wyatt, J, Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Markham Piper, T, Bethke, C (2007). Public health social work: Findings from a national conference. American Public Health Association, Washington, DC

Wyatt, J, Ruth, BJ, Bethke, C (2007). Public health social work: Findings from a national conference. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA

Ruth, BJ, Bethke, C, Markham Piper, T, Cohen M, Sisco, S, Wyatt, J (2006). Social work interest in prevention and health promotion: A content analysis of social work literature. American Public Health Association, Boston, MA

Bethke, C, Ruth, BJ, Wyatt, J, Markham Piper, T, Cohen, M, Sisco, S (2006). Social work interest in prevention and health promotion: A content analysis of social work literature. Society for Public Health Education, (SOPHE) Boston, MA

Sisco, S, Markham Piper, T, Wyatt, J, Ruth, BJ (2006). Social work and public health: Fostering multidisciplinary approaches in an ever-changing world. International Federation of Social Work Conference, Munich, Germany

Ruth, BJ, Markham Piper,T, Sisco, S, Wyatt, J, Bachman, S (2006). Two professions, one career: How public health social workers view the journey. Council on Social Work Education, Chicago IL

Lituri, K, Ruth, BJ, Garcia, R, Geron, S, Wyatt, J & Davis, K (2006). Reducing oral health disparities: A role for social work? Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL

Wyatt, J, Bethke, C, Ruth, BJ (2006).Voices of public health social work: Training social reformers across disciplines. Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL

Sisco, S, Markham Piper, T, Wyatt, J, Bachman, S, Ruth, BJ (2006).The role of public health social work in strengthening research-based practice: Findings from a study on MSW/MPH graduates. Society for Social Work Research, San Antonio TX

Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Markham Piper, T, Bachman, S, Wyatt, J (2005). Evidence-based practice in public health social work: A powerful tool for integration and revitalization. American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA

Ruth, BJ, Markham Piper, T, Wyatt, J, Bachman, S, Sisco, S (2005). Evidence-based practice in public health social work: A powerful tool for integration and revitalization American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA

Ruth, BJ, Hyde, C (2005).Multiculturalism and ethics: Making the connection in social work education. Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, New York, NY

Sisco, S, Markham Piper, T, Ruth, BJ, Wyatt, J, Bachman, S (2004). Public health social work in the workplace. American Public Health Association Washington, DC

Hyde, C, Ruth, BJ (2004). Multiculturalism and ethics: making the connection in social work education, Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA

Ruth, BJ, Lituri, K (2003). Oral health and social work: Opportunities for collaboration. American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA

Lituri, K, Ruth, BJ (2003). The social impact of oral disease and the role of the social worker. American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA

Lituri, K, Ruth, BJ, Davis, K, Geron, S, Garcia, R. (2003). The role of social workers in oral health promotion. National Oral Health Conference, Milwaukee, WI

Ruth, BJ, Zimmerman, T (2003). What belongs in the conceptual toolbox? Teaching ethics to MSW students. Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA

Ruth, BJ, Chiasson, E, Geron S. (2002). Comparing graduates: the effect of an MPH on a social worker’s career. American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA

Ruth, BJ, Chiasson, E, Geron, S. (2002).  Dual degree programs in public health and social work: Comparing graduates. Council on Social Work Education, Nashville, TN

Ruth, BJ, Miranda, C, Delgado, M. (2002). Culturally competent substance abuse research: A model for teaching faculty and students. Council on Social Work Education, Nashville, TN

Ruth, BJ (2001). Ethical decision-making skills for the 21st century. Professional Education Program, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA

Hyde, C, Miller, J, Ruth, BJ. (2001). Teaching about oppression and racism: Challenges for white educators Council on Social Work Education, Dallas TX

Ruth, BJ. (2000). Ethical decision making skills for Social service personnel in corrections. Nashua Street Jail of Suffolk County, Boston, MA

Ruth, BJ, Eckert, J.  (2000). Staying true to the social work ethical vision. National Association of Social Work Symposium, Boston, MA

Hyde, C, Ruth, BJ. (2000). Student participation in the classroom: Why students fail to participate in courses on race, class and gender. Council on Social Work Education, New York, NY

Ruth, BJ, Jones, K, Hyde, C. (1999). Race and oppression: emerging paradigms in social work education. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA

Ruth, BJ, Geron, S. (1998). Evaluation of a master’s level MSW/MPH program. Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL

Ruth, BJ. (1998). Trends in ethical decision making: An update for clinicians. Danielson Institute, Boston, MA

Consulting

2013-Present: Founder, Public Health Social Work Fellowship Program. Established fellowship and mentored 7 fellows in various projects related to public health social work, including “Public Health Social Work in Global Health Initiative” and the “Health in all MSW Programs” and “Profiles in Public Health Social Work” studies.

2011-Present: Co-Principal Investigator, The Missing Link Project. Act as Co-PI on Association of Social Work Board funded research project to study the quality and effectiveness of continuing professional education in social work

Principal Investigator, Suicide Education Enhancement Project (SAMHSA-funded assessment and enhancement project for suicide education in social work education)  2006-2010

Consulting Editor, Health and Social Work

Consulting Editor, Journal of Social Work in Public Health

Governing Councilor, Social Work Section, AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, Washington, DC, 2006-present

Founder and Member, GROUP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SOCIAL WORK INITIATIVES, Boston, MA 2004-present

Board Member, Board of Registration of Social Work, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 2005 – 2009

Conference Chairperson: Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century. (National conference held in May 2006 at Boston University.)

Awards and Honors

Insley-Evans Prize: Public Health Social Worker of the Year–2013, American Public Health Association.

Outstanding Contribution to the School of Social Work Award, Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association, 2005

Licensure and Certifications

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker, (LCSW)