Who I Am

A licensed psychologist, Beth Sperber Richie, Ph.D. coaches individual clients to achieve the optimal integration of their career development and life goals. In addition to her private practice in the Washington D.C. area, her own favorite roles include being the mother of three, wife of a wonderful man, and daughter and sister to her family of origin and in-laws. Her part-time practice allows her the flexibility to help women realize their mosaic lives, volunteer in the community, and still meet the kids at the bus stop every afternoon.

Beth holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Brown University, and completed both her Master's and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. In 1997, the Counseling Psychology division of the American Psychological Association honored Beth with an award for her research on the career development of highly achieving women. She has published extensively in leading academic journals in the United States and abroad on resilience in trauma recovery, and women's career development and achievement. As the principal or co-principal investigator, she has led studies on resilience and women's career development in seven countries. This research was funded by the Landmine Survivors' Network, a fellowship from the University of Maryland at College Park, the Spunk Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Beth has given workshops and presentations on Creating a Mosaic Life to women's groups around the D.C. area. In addition, she has presented at national conferences including the American Psychological Association, Association for Women in Psychology, Amputee Coalition of America, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She also co-authored a chapter on gender issues for a book on multi-cultural counseling competencies.

Beth's volunteer work includes assisting members of her synagogue through major life cycle events like the death of a family member and coordinating room-parent activities for the religious school. She also volunteers in the public schools and pre-school that her children attend. In addition, she and her family volunteer regularly at a food distribution center. Over the years, they have provided dinner at a homeless shelter, helped the neighborhood soccer league, coordinated neighborhood donations for Hurricane Katrina survivors, helped rehabilitate homes for needy individuals through Sukkot in April, and raised funds for cancer research.

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Beth is engaging, passionate, knowledgeable and thoughtful. She comes across as very real and genuine with a lot of energy. Beth helps you to prioritize the things in life that are important to you and to ensure the things you choose to take on are good for you. Now, before I say yes to something, I stop and think about how it fits in the whole picture of my life.
Joanie S., presentation attendee