Ruth is a Licensed Psychologist, as well as a Diplomat and a Fellow in the American Board of Psychological Specialties (Behavioral Science). She is also a Diplomat and a Fellow in the American College of Forensic Examiners International. Ruth has been involved in Native American studies and counseling/research projects with a multicultural focus for many years. She has worked with a number of drug treatment programs, including a local veteran's counseling center.
Dr. Bichsel taught at Lane Community College for over 16 years. In addition, she has also worked in the community with programs that focus on the issues surrounding the chemically dependent pregnant woman, drug-affected children and early parenting and child development. Ruth has also been a foster parent to a great number of drug-affected/mentally ill children and adolescents.
Ruth was honored as the Lane Community College "Instructor of the Year" in 1996. Dr. Bichsel has also been selected as Lane's Outstanding instructor on two occasions since that time. She was also selected for inclusion in the publication of Who's Who in American Teachers on numerous occasions. As well as being awarded a number of other scholarly and professional awards including Who's Who in the World and Sutton's Who's Who in Academia 2010-2011.
Her other interests include Animal therapy, and Horticulture therapy. She is a member of the American Horticulture Therapy Association. Ruth is very involved in animal rescue and rehabilitation as well.