College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. James Ruby holds a PhD in Research Methodology and Human Development from Loyola University of Chicago, a MA in Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University, and a BA from Western Kentucky University. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and he holds a Pupil Personnel Services credential as a School Counselor. Prior to coming to higher education, he worked in the therapeutic day school, community mental health, and private practice environments, which he continues today. Dr. Ruby has received outstanding teaching recognition awards at several universities. He serves as a reader and site visitor for the Council on Standards for Human Services Education (CSHSE).
Dr. Ruby has presented at national and state conferences in counseling and human services. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several book chapters and encyclopedia entries. His research interests include the use of arts-based experiences in counseling, undocumented immigrant student challenges, and effective educational practices in counseling and human services. Dr. Ruby resides in southern California with his wife, Nanci, who teaches in the Dodge School of Film at Chapman University. Together, they are the proud parents of two adult sons.