Angelina Ruffin, PhD

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

  • Lecturer, MSSP Program

Cohort: 2012-2013

Advisor: Dr. Sarah Bachman

Angelina Ruffin is a PhD candidate in Social Welfare who has spent several years assessing violence prevention programs’ effectiveness. She has explored violence throughout the Lifespan – child abuse, teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, community gun violence, and elder abuse. Her research focuses on developing culturally relevant strategies to address violence against women worldwide and defends her PhD thesis in May 2021. She is a William Fontaine Fellow. Her research has garnered grant support from the Fahs-Beck for Research and Experimentation at the New York Community Trust and the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence. While pursuing her PhD, Angelina has earned graduate certificates in Teaching and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies and currently lectures and advises students in the Master of Science in Social Policy program.

Professionally, Angelina has over 16 years of public service experience, managing public health programs and performance improvement projects to improve health outcomes and address health disparities. In 2016, Angelina was named Director of Performance Management and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Philadelphia by Mayor Jim Kenney. Angelina has previously served as the Director of Performance Management at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and policy advisor to former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and three Health Secretaries at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Angelina has established and directed new program evaluation departments at multiple governments and social service agencies and championed data to improve internal operations and residents’ services.

Angelina attended Cornell University and graduated in 2004 with a BS in Policy Analysis and Management. She was a Dean’s Healthcare Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management and graduated with distinction in 2005. Angelina is originally from Philadelphia and is married with two sons, ages ten and 1-year-old.


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