Marla Ruhana

Marla Ruhana

Part-time Faculty

Marla Ruhana

Middle name



Marla Ruhana is a Wayne State Graduate. She has proudly taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within the M.S.W program at Wayne State University since 2009. Ms. Ruhana has also taught Methods, Human Behavior and Grief and Loss at Wayne State University. She has taught both face to face and online.Marla graduated from Wayne State University with her MSW degree in 1993. She was employed within the Henry Ford Health System for many years in both clinical and medical settings. She worked at Psychiatric Services of Grosse Pointe facilitating individual therapy. 

In 2001, Ms Ruhana started her private practice in St. Clair Shores, Mi, she specializes in Couple's Therapy and Grief & Loss. In addition to her practice and teaching at WSU, Marla does extensive public speaking, full day workshops, and facilitates Women's and Couple's Weekend Getaways in Lexington, Mi. She is also an avid writer. Marla writes on behalf of The Family Center in The Grosse Pointe News.

Ms. Ruhana recently became an Outreach Coordinator for Southeast Michigan on behalf of FORCE-facingourrisk.orgShe is also part of the cast of Pink & Blue documentary educational film regarding BRCA 1-2 Mutations.

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSW Wayne State University 1993
  • BA-Psychology University of Michigan-Dearborn 1991
  • Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Teaching Interests

  • Grief & Loss
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Work
  • Couple's 

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Clinical Practice
  • Grief & Loss
  • Couple's 
  • Older Adult Population

Courses Taught

SW8340 Application of Cognitive Behavioral Theory in Interpersonal Practice I(Face to Face and Online)
SW8350 Application of Cognitive Behavioral Theory in Interpersonal Practice II(Face to Face and Online)
SW8860 Grief and Loss in Social Work Practice
SW7040 Methods Social Work Practice
SW3510 Human Behavior in Social Environment (Online)

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