• About Us | Burnsville Developmental Disability Services

    Ruth Mize Myers, MD

    Phone: (952) 898-7578

    Ruth “call me Ruth” Myers, MD, is a neurological psychiatrist who has been specializing and working with persons with intellectual disabilities and complex needs for just over 25 years. For the past twenty years, she has specialized in providing comprehensive assessment and services to persons who have complex needs in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain,. Prior to serving as a physician she worked in various direct care positions. She has completed a number of epidemiology and outcomes database studies, has authored numerous publications, and has presented training all over North America and Europe. She has been listed with The Best Doctors in America since 1994. She has served as a Board Examiner and Senior Board Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1992. She was a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado for many years and has guest faculty appointments at a number of other medical schools. She rarely admits that she grew up in Cleveland, and prefers instead to reference that she lived in and practiced in Colorado for 18 years, before moving to Maine, Virginia, and now Minnesota. Her strength is the quality of work produced after she started to collaborate with Steve Myers. Her weaknesses include detective novels, movies where the good guys always win, and really strong coffee.

    Stephen Paul Myers, Ph.D., bcba-d

    Stephen “call me Steve” Myers, PhD, bcba-d has been working with persons with intellectual disabilities and complex needs for over 35 years. He has worked all over the United States, assisting individuals in facilities and community settings. His expertise is in updating behavioral technology to serve people in a way that is both helpful and humanistic. He has participated in the closing of Developmental Centers in Oklahoma and Tennessee. He has been the Chief Behavior Analyst at institutional and community settings in Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, and Virginia. He was the first State Director of Psychological and Behavior Services for Alabama’s Department of Mental Retardation. He and his future wife Dr. Ruth Ryan collaborated in improving behavioral and psychiatric services to the point where the State of Alabama could finally settle the historic Wyatt v Stickney lawsuit. He has presented training and conducted assessments in most of the United States, a couple of places in Canada, and Ruth once dragged him off to England. Steve grew up in many very flat places, like Topeka, Kansas, and has said many times... “Lord, please don’t let me die on the prairie.” He will tell you his greatest claim to fame is that he is Ruth’s chauffer.