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Dr. Ritvo is vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Psychiatry and the Department of Dermatology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ritvo completed her residency training at New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic/ Cornell and received undergraduate and medical degrees from University of California, Los Angeles and spent time at Harvard and Tuft’s Universities.

Dr. Ritvo has written and lectured extensively in the US, and internationally on the “Science and Beauty”. She is co-author of The Beauty Prescription.

She is an expert in family therapy and is the lead author of the Concise Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy and has written the chapters as well. Dr. Ritvo makes frequent public speaking and TV appearances on local news channels and has appeared on the TODAY show and a special segment on EXTRA called “Beauty and the Brain”. She had a long running TV segment called “Real Relationship”. She is often quoted in the Miami Herald, and has also been quoted in the New York Times, New York Times magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, WebMD, SELF magazine, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine and others. Dr. Ritvo is a blogger on Dr. Ritvo maintains a psychotherapy practice at Mount Sinai Hospital on Miami Beach.

She is a mother of two daughters. Her oldest daughter has hemiparesis a form of cerebral palsy. She is a board member of United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and launched the Marissa Nestor Tennis Invitational in honor of her daughter to raise money for children with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental issues.

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