Ellen G. Ruderman, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Encino, CA. She is also a mental health consultant, having served for many years on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Thalians Mental Health Center.  She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai, and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Practitioners.

Dr. Ruderman has published over 40 professional articles, many of which have explored the challenges of women's quest for autonomy and success within their professional and familial relationships, and resulted in a co-edited book with Jean Sanville, Ph.D.,titled Therapies with Women in Transition: Toward Relational Perspectives with Today's Woman (International Universities Press, 2003).

Dr. Ruderman's first novel, Chasing the Red Car, was partially inspired by the author's own life and experiences during the McCarthy Era and the Communist Witch Hunts of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Ellen Ruderman is currently working on her second novel and lives with her husband in Encino.