Isa Ribadu Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Isa Ribadu, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean/ Program Director


Psychology and Family Therapy

Isa Ribadu Ph.D.



Dr. Isa Ribadu is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. As a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Dr. Ribadu serves as an approved AAMFT clinical supervisor. His clinical areas of focus include marital and familial relationships, parent-child / adolescent interactions, trauma, and pervasive/ persistent mental illness. Over the years, Dr. Ribadu has presented at multiple conferences both domestic and international covering topic such as the effects of marital harmony, adolescent self-image, the role of family structure, and the traumatic effects of natural and manmade disasters on communities. His continued areas of research interest include the multi-generational effects of poverty in communities, the role of poverty in marital dyads and familial relationships, relationship stabilizers used to counter the effect of poverty in a marital dyads and familial relationships, the role of poverty in mental illness, courting rituals over the generations, and most recently the manner in which accepted socio-cultural language distorts meaning. In addition, Dr. Ribadu is an associate professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Global, where he shares his knowledge and passion with students. His ability to share information with others in an energetic and dynamic manner excites and energizes students to follow their academic and career paths with the goal of self-fulfillment and community enhancement.


  • Psychology and Family Therapy


Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University

Dissertation: “Familial and Psychological Factors Affecting Adolescents' Academic Achievement”

M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University

B.A. in Psychology

California State University, San Bernardino

Scholarly Activities

Oloo, W., Ribadu, I., Ribadu, N.

Adolescent Body Image in the United States and Guyana: A Socio-Cultural Comparison

American International Journal of Social Sciences

Bright Futures Big Careers (keynote address)

Bright Futures Conference, Visalia, CA

Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Professional Experiences

Ribadu Wellness Center

Private Practice

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