Margaret Rudin, Ph.D. has been a Supervising Clinical Psychologist for the West Region of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) since 2012 where she provides consultation and clinical supervision for the Individual and Family Support and the Community Companion Home divisions. She works with individuals and families to determine the most supportive interventions within the community. Prior to DDS, Dr. Rudin was an Advanced Practicing Registered Nurse (APRN) who provided consent for psychotropic medications for children and adolescents who were committed to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). For several years prior to DCF, Dr. Rudin provided psychotherapy to traumatized children and adolescents who were referred from the juvenile justice system and from the community. During that time, she also prescribed psychotropic medications for children and adolescents when behaviors could not be fully addressed through environmental and behavioral interventions.
Prior to her employment at DDS, Dr. Rudin lived in San Francisco, California where she functioned in a community mental health center as a supervising psychologist addressing community violence that was a significant issue. She coordinated an internship program approved by the American Psychological Association, supervised employees and interns, and provided direct care. Dr. Rudin was a program director for a child and adolescent sexual abuse crisis center responsible for forensic medical exams, forensic interviews and trauma specific counseling. She has been a clinical adjunct professor at the University of California in San Francisco, at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and at Western Connecticut State University. She has presented numerous times at conferences on child abuse and trauma. Her dissertation was published in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. She presented at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect on the complexity of psychotropic medication consent within the foster care system. A common thread throughout her career has been to integrate medical issues with the psychological assessment and subsequent interventions. In graduate school, her specific interests included psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children and adolescents, with gay and lesbian identified persons, and with Asian Americans. In June 1994, she was a post-doctoral fellow in psychiatry at the Medical Center of Changsha in China.
Dr. Rudin received her Master of Science and her Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She also received a Master of Science degree from the University of California in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Nursing, as well as her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University. She is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Connecticut and California, as an APRN in Connecticut, and as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. Dr. Rudin holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ). Dr. Rudin is a member of the American Psychological Association Division 33 – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and in Division 53 - Clinical Child Psychology.