M.A. Program Faculty: Ritchie Rubio, PhD

Ritchie Rubio, PhD
Core Faculty

B.S. Psychology, Saint Louis University - Philippines, 1998
M.S. Psychology, Saint Louis University - Philippines, 2002
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University - CSPP, 2007

Dr. Rubio has worked as a clinical child psychologist, play and expressive art therapist, researcher, program evaluator, statistical consultant, and assistant professor/lecturer in a variety of clinical and academic settings including universities, pediatric hospitals, community mental health settings, schools, and research institutes in three countries: Philippines, U.S.A., and New Zealand.

He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Francisco.

He was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. more than a decade ago to pursue his doctorate through a Ford Foundation International Fellowship. He is a certified Circle of Security© Parent Educator. He received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He also completed Play and Sandtray therapy training from Warwick University in England. His clinical work was primarily with immigrant and multicultural children and their families.

As for research interests, he explores global gender roles, therapy strategies that blend Eastern and Western paradigms, culture-specific worldviews, and diversity initiatives. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at annual conventions of the American Psychological Association and the American Family Therapy Academy. Currently, he is a Lead Evaluator for the San Francisco Department of Public Health working on two projects with the Child, Youth, and Family System of Care: (a) Community crisis triage response initiative, and (b) Long-term care coordination for child welfare involved families. He is also a Research Faculty and fellow at the Rockway Institute working on projects related to the psychosocial functioning of gay fathers and their children born through surrogacy; and mental health outcomes of same-sex couples following legal recognition of their relationships.

Outside his professional life, he is into distance running, contemporary dance, horses, and mandalas. He is happily married and enjoys Bay Area playgrounds, Zumba dancing, trekking, and racquet ball with his six year old daughter.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association - Div 44 and 43
Psychological Association of the Philippines


Family Violence and Protection
Child and Adolescent Counseling