Douglas Rugh, PhD Professional & Personal Growth
Rugh Dynamic Coaching & Counseling


Douglas Rugh

"You certainly helped us rekindle our planning effort-our sessions were invaluable to the entire staff. You've helped to make our organization a stronger and more humane one."


Ruth Martin, Director

Washington DC

"I found your help invaluable and we want to work with you in the future on larger projects."


Pat Trimbles, Director Major Gifts and Grants

New York City

I worked my way up through the ranks after receiving degrees in economics and social welfare, and held positions of clinician, research associate, manager, Director, and CEO. I helped small organizations and large, including Catholic Charities, University of Miami, and US Department of Health and Human Services. I focus on performance and organizational change, and managed hundreds of people and helped take a company public. I built businesses and started programs in the US, Asia, and Eastern Europe.


Unlike other consultants, I have been responsible and accountable for contracts in the millions in a wide variety of locations. My learning tools and methods reflect this experience.


My consulting background includes ingredients you might not expect. For example, I was on a government task force after Hurricane Katrina. Besides the United States, I have worked on projects in Europe, Asia, and Africa. I sit on review boards of multiple academic journals related to the social sciences. I teach interactive learning courses for teachers, and masters-level courses in behavior, statistics, communications, and human development. My background includes life-long learning, self exploration, and experiential training throughout different stages of life, and my odyssey over a 25-year career is as follows:

  • 750-hour, five-times-a-week mindfulness and meditation training during a residency program
  • Three years of intense yoga with Richard Freeman
  • One year of analysis with Fred Fleischer, a Jungian analyst
  • Four-year mentorship with Dr. Andrew Cherry (cognitive behaviorist)
  • Four years of academic research with Drs. Chris Rice and Fred Newman
  • Two years with Mary Naden studying the Alexander technique
  • Two years of classical acting at the Shakespeare theater
  • One year specialized training within the federal government
  • Numerous briefer stints with therapists from a variety of disciplines, including behavioral therapy, coaching, marital-couples work, an ongoing leaderless mindfulness group, including a marathon weekend wearing a mask.


Note two aspects of my experience. First, the diversity of approaches incorporating both the mind and the body. It is important for me to avoid sectarianism and to gain an appreciation of the strengths of all the varying therapeutic approaches. I believe that there is no better way to learn than with experiential training. Hence, I have considered a period of discomfort in my life as an educational opportunity to explore what various techniques offer. Secondly, I have participated in experiential training at many different stages of my life.


Over the years, I managed more than 10 federal projects, funded more than 20, and helped start and build organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. I have led large national studies assessing scholarships funding levels for HRSA, diabetes screening and treatment for CMS, employee wellness for Pictsweet Foods, and hepatitis prevention programming for SAMHSA. Outside the U.S., I have led organizational learning and development initiatives for CDC, international schools, Geocell, and PMCG.


I volunteer time on non-profit boards related to health and educational initiatives, and assists academic journals and other publications with writing and review.


As you can imagine from working with large organizations on innovative projects, not all of the endeavors have turned out as planned, and I write a great deal about lessons-learned to capture this information and differentiate bad ideas from good ideas. These experiences, both the successes and the failures, are used as information for recognizing the needed components for a high probability of success, to separate good ideas from bad.

Douglas Rugh, PhD

Washington, DC

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