Dr. Carruth is currently a Professor at City University of Seattle. She is the Clinical Training Coordinator and she teaches extensively in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program. Dr. Carruth received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, a CACREP-accredited program. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing her formal education, Dr. Carruth has spent time working in the mental health system in Washington, and has used her experiences as a clinician to inform her practice as an instructor and her current research agenda.
Currently, Dr. Carruth is completing the first phase of a project in which she and her team of researchers are exploring the impact of budget cuts on recovery for consumers of community mental health. Alongside this primary interest, Dr. Carruth has developed a unique perspective of the importance of action research for counselors, and her research interests now include examining the relationship between action research and social justice in counselor education.
Dr. Carruth has spent her career in the helping professions, and she has over 15 years of experience working in human services and community mental health. Dr. Carruth maintains active roles in a number of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, and the Washington Mental Health Counselor's Association, where she is president emeritus. Dr. Carruth also serves her professional community as an editor for the Tennessee Counselors Association Journal and as an apprentice editor for The Qualitative Report.