Ruth Neustifter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Graduate Faculty, Couple & Family Therapy Program, 
Dept. of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition 
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Phone: 519.824.4120 x53975
Fax: 519.823.7819

Ruth Neustifter is an assistant professor and graduate faculty member at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in the Couples & Family Therapy program. The foci of her research, writing, and outreach include sexual well-being for diverse populations, and survivors of intimate partner violence and other forms of sexual violence. She holds a doctoral degree in Child & Family Development with specializations in Couples and Family Therapy and Qualitative Research. Ruth has a growing list of publications in academic journals as well as in the mainstream press and continues to create original research in her areas of interest.

She began her training, research and work in the areas of relationships, sexuality, and recovery from intimate partner violence in the mid-90s. Since then she has taught and presented in venues ranging from independent sexuality boutiques to university classrooms and international conferences. Her writing can be found throughout the internet and in publications including the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and The International Journal of Sexual Health.

Affectionately known by her clients and co-workers as Dr. Ruthie, she makes her home in Guelph, Ontario with her partner and pets. She enjoys exploring new cities using the local transit, vegetarian dining, social media, board game nights, and sex-positive community building.Web links:

Professional site as a sex educator:


Book Chapters:

  • Neustifter, R. (2012). Intimate Violence in our Communities. In T. Danesi, D. Dennis, & I. D. Luna (Eds.), Momentum: Making waves in sexuality, feminism, & relationships: Selected essays by 2012 speakers advocating change in current sexual dialogues. New York: Tied Up Events.


  • Neustifter, R. (2011). The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty. Berkley: Ulysses Press.

Editorial Service:

  • Family Therapy Magazine
  • Published by – AAMFT
  • Special Topics Editor