Dr. Ritvo is an internationally-known psychiatrist practicing on Miami Beach, Florida. She has over 20 years experience and treats individuals, couples and families. She is the former vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she remains as an Associate Professor on the voluntary faculty. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American College of Psychiatry, and the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.
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.
Dr. Ritvo has written and lectured extensively in the US, and internationally on the “Science and Meaning of Beauty” and on Women’s Empowerment issues, Disruptive Physicians and Family Therapy. Dr. Ritvo has written book chapters and articles on topics that include body dysmorphic disorder, managing patient expectations and handling difficult patients. She is co-author of The Beauty Prescription which is available in English and Chinese. She is the lead author of the Concise Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy and has written the chapters on Family and Couples Therapy for the leading psychiatric textbooks.
Dr. Ritvo makes frequent public speaking, radio, 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, Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine, Allure and others. Dr. Ritvo has written for Parents.com, PsychologyToday.com and TheBeautyPrescription.com.
Dr. Ritvo initiated the Margaret Ann Aitcheson Humanitarian Award at the Miller School of Medicine. This award was named in honor of Tipper Gore’s mother and Mrs. Gore was the first recipient. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of mental health. Dr. Ritvo is an active member of the Board of United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and holds hosts the Annual Marissa Nestor Tennis Invitational to raise funds for the organization as well as assisting in numerous other events throughout the year.