Ruth Klein, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist (temporary/contractual)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I joined the Counseling Center in January, 2022, and am excited to be a part of the Johns Hopkins University community!

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience treating adults, adolescents, couples and families. New York City born and bred, I received my BA from Barnard College, and my joint PhD in Clinical and Social/Personality Psychology at NYU. I completed my professional training here in Maryland, and have worked as a therapist and clinical administrator in the Baltimore area. Trained in insight-oriented treatment, I primarily identify as a “systems” therapist who helps clients understand their behavior and emotions not only as individuals but in the context of their family and relationships. I have an interest and expertise in Cognitive-Behavioral approaches to health issues (insomnia in particular). My therapy style is direct and highly interactive. Even as we do the hard work of addressing serious issues I generally approach individuals – and life – with a blend of warmth and good humor, and I try to bring those qualities to the therapeutic relationship. So much of therapy is about the “fit”. Training, experience and expertise are all important, but ultimately the healing factor in psychotherapy depends upon the relationship between the client and therapist. I value that relationship and the trust that builds between us and allows the work to flourish.