Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Ralston attended a variety of public and private schools, before graduating from Punahou School, then later from University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Prior to earning a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University – Hawaii, he gained extensive specialty training in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He subsequently completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound in Washington where he treated veterans struggling with a variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.
Dr. Ralston was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD where he completed advanced training and gained specialty expertise in the assessment and treatment of PTSD. His graduate school, pre-doctoral internship, and post-doctoral fellowship were all American Psychological Association (APA) accredited programs.
In 2006, Dr. Ralston was invited to be a member on a national team of Subject-Matter Experts developing content based on best practice for afterdeployment.org, a Federal website providing psychoeducation, initial assessment, and pre-clinical psychological care to active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
Dr. Ralston is a clinical psychologist licensed in Hawaii where he maintains a lively independent practice in Kaimuki, Honolulu.