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 John M Ruiz
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John M Ruiz
Assistant Professor-Psychology
Contact address   University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle # 311280, Denton, TX 76203     Office Location1611 W. Mulberry/ Terrill Hall, Room No.: 351 
Email    Contact Number 9403698228   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 TrainingNIH/NHLBI R25 “PRIDE” Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research: Summer Institute on Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health DisparitiesSan Diego State University2012-2013
 Doctor of PhilosophyClinical Psychology with Health Specialty/ “Anger expression as social influence: Effects on cardiovascular reactivity and recovery, and the impact on rumination.”University of Utah2003
 Postdoctoral FellowCardiovascular Behavioral MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine2002-2004
 Clinical Psychology InternshipWestern Psychiatric Institute & ClinicsUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center2001-2002
 Master of ArtsClinical PsychologyUniversity of Colorado, Colorado Springs1996
 Bachelor of ArtsPsychologyUniversity of California, Santa Barbara1991
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology  
Spring 2013PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2011PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2011PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology  
Fall 2011PSYC6200004Advanced Topics Seminar in Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2010PSYC6200003Advanced Topics Seminar in Psychology1 
Fall 2009PSYC2580002Health Psychology366 
Fall 2009PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology303 
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Clinical Health Psychology

Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine

Cardiovascular Psychophysiology

Hispanic Health and Health Disparities

Psychosocial influences on health

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2008-presentAssistant ProfessorDepartment of PsychologyCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2003-2008Assistant ProfessorDepartment of PsychologyCollege of Arts and SciencesWashington State University
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
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  Type  Publications per page   1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 
  YearPublication  Type
The Hispanic mortality paradox: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the longitudinal literature.
Ruiz, J. M., Steffen, P., & Smith, T. B.
American Journal of Public Health, 103, e1-e9.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Latinas/os and immigration reform: A commentary to "Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century" - The report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. 
Ruiz, J. M., Gallardo, M. E., & Delgado-Romero, E.
Journal of Latina/o Psychology
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Optimism and pessimism in social contexts: An interpersonal perspective on resilience and risk.
Smith, T. W., Ruiz, J. M., *Cundiff, J. M., Baron, K. G., Nealey-Moore, J. B.
Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 553-562
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Socioeconomic status and health. In A. Baum, T. A. Revenson, and J. E. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of Health Psychology
Ruiz, J. M., Steffen, P., & Prather, C. C.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Book chapters
Latino Health. In M. D. Gellman and J.R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine.
Ruiz, J. M., Garza, M., & Smith, L. M.
Book chapters
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2013-PresentJournal of Latina/o PsychologyEditorial Board 
2012-PresentJournal of Behavioral MedicineAssociate Editor 
2012-PresentAnnals of Behavioral MedicineEditorial Board 
2012-PresentHealth PsychologyEdiorial Board 
2013-2014Journal of Latina/o PsychologyGuest Editor 
2005-2009Journal of Behavioral MedicineEditorial Boards 
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2013Does Whom You Marry Matter For Your HealthPresenterPerot Museum, Dallas 
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
2013Mentoring of early career minorities in health-related research.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2013When the environment doesn't fit: Lessons learned in creating culture changeSpeakerSociety of Behavioral mediccine
2013Socio-cultural factors and cardiometabolic health in Hispanic/Latinos: The HCHS/SOL-Sociocultural ancillary studyChairAmerican Psychosomatic Society
2012Latino Health and Health Disparities: State-of-the-science and intervention pathways.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2011Eliminating health disparities: An expert panel discussion on graduate training and implementation needs.SpeakerAmerican Psychological Association
2011Racism and health disparities: State-of-the-science and future directions.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2010Minority healthChairAmerican Psychosomatic Society
2010Minority health and health disparities: State-of-the-science and intervention pathwaysChairAmerican Psychological Association
2003Atrial Arrhythmia Center (AAC) Patient Support SeriesPresented as part of the Atrial Arrhythmia Center (AAC) Patient Support Series, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2003Atrial Arrhythmia Support Group Meeting
2003Opportunities and ObstaclesPresented as part of the Pittsburgh Mind Body Center’s (PMBC) Summer Institute 2003 Behavioral Medicine Interventions, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2003Behavioral Medicine Research
2002Atrial Arrhythmia Center (AAC) Patient Support SeriesPresented as part of the Atrial Arrhythmia Center (AAC) Patient Support Series, Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2002Atrial Arrhythmia Support Group Meeting
2002Primary Care Update: Optimal Management of Atrial FibrillationPresented for the American Heart Association. Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA, October 19th, 2002American Heart Association. Carnegie Science Center
2002Atrial Fib: Don’t Miss a BeatPresented as part of the Alive and Well Series, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2nd, 2002University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System
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Hispanic Paradox: Latest findings confirm Latinos have better health, live longer
Huffington Post

Hispanic paradox: Latest findings confirm Latinos live longer

Hispanics' longer life span may be result of Hispanic Paradox
CTLatino News

Latinos live longer, despite health issues, new report says
Vida Vibrante

toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
 2013 Hoar, E. R., Gonzalez, D., Bray, A., Clark, Minmz, E., Magtoto, J., Cuencas, M., Urbina, I., & Ruiz, J. M.
Cardiovascular response to racial microaggressions among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Whites. Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, Spring 2013, San Francisco, CA.
 2013 *Prather, C. C., Ruiz, J. M., & *Smith, L. M.
Gender differences in CVR to mental representations of social support. Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Meeting, Spring 2013, San Francisco, TX
 2013 Gonzalez, D. A., Hoar, M., CUencas, M., Magtoto, J., Urbina, I., Clark-Nimz, & Ruiz, J. M.
The effect of microaggressions on self-reported mood, affect, and ethnic identity with Hispanic individuals. Presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, August 2013, Honolulu, HI.
 2012 Ruiz, J. M., *Lewis, S., Prather, C. C., & Santini, N. O.
Are the health benefits of marriage generalizable across racial/ethnic groups? A comparative analysis of race/ethnicity and sex effects on acute hospitalization recovery. Presented at the Society of Behavioral medicine Meeting, Spring 2012, New Orleans, LA.
 2012 *Wrape, E. R. & Ruiz, J. M.
Positive and negative affect differentially predicts perceived health and health behaviors. Presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, August 2012, Orlando, FL
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2012-2015Social Vigilance and Atherosclerotic RiskNational Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute$1,634,005Principal InvestigatorActive
2002-2005Personality, Social Relationships, and Health Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: A 10-Year Prospective StudyPittsburgh Mind Body Center (PMBC)$15,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Intramural Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2012-PresentRacial and ethnic variations in longitudinal hospitalization usage Patterns: Do Hispanics have a recovery advantage?University of North Texas$7,500Principal InvestigatorActive
2010-2012Reducing Hyperarousal with Cognitive Behavioral therapy for InsomniaUniversity of North Texas$7,500Research ScientistCompleted
2009-2011Project First Heart: Emotional and Physical responses Following a First Cardiac HospitalizationUniversity of North Texas$1,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2009-2009Summer Research FellowshipUniversity of North Texas$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2008-2009Establishment of the Biobehavioral Research UnitUniversity of North Texas$21,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2008-2009Racial and Ethnic Variations in Hospital Recovery: Is There a Recovery Advantage Underlying the Hispanic Mortality Paradox?University of North Texas$4,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005-2006Personality, Social Vigilance, and Inflammation Markers for Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The SHAPE StudyWashington State University$20,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
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YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2009-PresentHealth PsychologyHealth Psychology
2009-PresentPsychsomatic MedicineHealth Psychology
2009-PresentAnnals of Behavioral MedicineHealth Psychology
2009Social and Personality CompassHealth Psychology
2009Journal of Applied Social PsychologyPersonality, Social relationships, health
2009Stress and HealthPersonality, Social relationships, health
2009International Journal of PsychophysiologyCardiovascular Psychophysiology
2009PsychophysiologyCardiovascular Psychophysiology
2009Journal of Social and Personality ResearchPersonality, Social relationships, health
2009Cognitive Therapy and ResearchPersonality, Social realtionships, health
2008-9Personality and Individual DifferencesPersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-9PsychoneuroendocrinologyCardiovascular Psychophysiology
2008-9Personality and Social Psychology BulletinPersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-9International Journal of Behavioral MedicinePersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-9Journal of Consulting and Clinical PsychologyPersonality, Social relationships, health
2005-PresentJournal of Behavioral MedicineHealth Psychology
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PSYC 2580 - Health Psychology/undergraduate

This course represents an integration of Psychology, Medicine, Epidemiology, Social Work, and Public Health. The course is organized into 3 principle domains: 1) Health behaviors, disease risk, and prevention, 2) Stress and physiological pathways, and 3) Adjustment to illness and disease. The aim of this course is to organize this information into a coherent, understandable picture of how the mind, body, and our social world interact to influence physical health

PSYC 4610 – Abnormal Psychology/Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to the field of abnormal psychology. It is designed (1) to provide students with an integrative overview of the field of abnormal psychology and major psychological problems and disorders; (2) to familiarize students with the multiple causes of psychopathology as viewed from a number of different theoretical perspectives; (3) to illustrate an integrative view of research in the area of abnormal behavior; (4) and, to discuss intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders. We will cover a wide array of psychological disorders including problems related to mood (e.g., depression) and anxiety (e.g., social phobia), personality (e.g., antisocial personality disorder), psychosis (e.g., schizophrenia), eating and body image (e.g., anorexia), sexuality (e.g., paraphilias), and others.

PSYC 6110 - Behavioral Medicine Consultation/Graduate

This course is designed to develop your professional identity as clinical health psychologists. This development includes an understanding of the general practice of clinical psychology with an orientation and appreciation for adapting to medical contexts, settings, and populations. This orientation will include a review of the ethical code of conduct and discussion of how to adapt to medical contexts. We will review the culture of medicine and the role of psychologists in this unique and important setting.

PSYC 6200 - Behavioral Medicine Interventions/Graduate

The purpose of this graduate course is to prepare students to conduct clinical work with medical populations. To this end students will have 3 aims:

1.       Provide overview training in clinical health psychology.

2.       Provide specific training in consultation liaison

3.       Prepare you to work with medical patients outside of the UNT-Denton environment.

PSYC 6200 – Foundations in Health Psychology/Graduate

This graduate seminar represents an overview of the core topics in health psychology. The course emphasizes the biopsychosocial model of understanding health and illness. Through class lectures, readings, and discussions, students will learn how characteristics of persons (e.g., personality, behavior, coping, biological reactivity) and their environments (e.g., stress, social support, poverty) influence health outcomes at the individual and population level.  Health psychology is a large, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and somewhat fragmented field, so the course will be selective in its coverage.  Through course assignments students will have an opportunity to learn about research and theory within the field that is more tailored to personal interests. 

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy emphasizes accessibility without compromising the integrity of the material. I use a wide variety of presentation methods including lectures, small and large group discussions, multimedia presentations, technology resources, modes of learning, individual and expert panels, academic texts articles, and other mainstream publications. I often structure my courses to include lecture and group discussion/applied exercises to help students consolidate understanding and reinforce through shared experiences. My approach to student evaluation is based on a student’s performance in multiple contexts depending on class size.

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2012-PresentCesar VillarrealClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis in progress
2012-PresentChristian GoansClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis in progress
2011-PresentJames GarciaClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis in progress
2009-PresentMariana GarzaClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTaking comprehensive exams
2008-PresentErin KauffmanClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingOn leave
2008-PresentLauren SmithClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation Complete/On Internship
2008-PresentCourtney C. PratherClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation in progress
2008-2010Sean LewisExperimental PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation in progress
2004-2009James HutchinsonPh.D. (2009), Clinical PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPh.D. 2009
2005-2008Alexandra TerrillMA (2008), Clinical PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingMA 2008
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2012-2016NIH-CSR: Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study sectionPermanent Member 
2013-2015APA Committee on Socioeconomic StatusMember 
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
PresentAmerican Psychosomatic Society (APS)Executive BoardMember
PresentDivision 38 of APA, Health PsychologyChair, Diversity CouncilMember
PresentSociety of Behavioral Medicine Member
 National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA)  
 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)  
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2012Competitive Funding AwardUniversity of North Texas
2006Psi Chi Faculty Excellence AwardWashington State University
2001B. Jack White Graduate Career Award ($2,500)University of Utah
2000Presidential Fellowship Award ($10,000 + tuition)University of Utah
1999Presidential Fellowship Award ($10,000 + tuition)University of Utah
1999HealthEmotions Research Institute Travel Award ($500)University of Wisconsin
1999Hiatt Graduate Scholarship Award ($3,500 + tuition)University of Utah
1998Hiatt Graduate Scholarship Award ($3,500 + tuition)University of Utah
1998“Best Graduate Instructor”University of Utah
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YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2009-2013American Psychosomatic SocietyExecutive Council, Program CommitteeProfessional Society
2009-2012APA, Division 38 (Health Psychology)Chair, Diversity CouncilProfessional Society
2006-2008APA, Division 38 (Health Psychology)Health Disparities CommitteeProfessional Society
2000-2001APA, Division 38 (Health Psychology) Student CouncilChairProfessional Society
1999-2004APA, Division 38 (Health Psychology)Student Liaison CommitteeProfessional Society
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Ruiz - Professional Description

Dr. John M. Ruiz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas where he is on the program faculty of both the Clinical Health Psychology and Experimental Psychology training programs. Dr. Ruiz’s program of research focuses on psychosocial influences on health. His NIH (NHLBI)-funded research examines relationships between individual level psychosocial factors, social behaviors, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Ruiz applies an interpersonal approach to understanding the role of psychosocial factors as risk and resilience influences in health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Paradox. With respect to professional service, Dr. Ruiz is on the editorial boards of several journals (Journal of Latina/o Psychology, Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Associate Editor), is a member of the American Psychosomatic Society’s Executive Board and Programming Committee, is serving a second term as Chair of APA Division 38’s (Health Psychology) Diversity Council, is a member of the APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and reviews federal grants as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study section.

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Clinical Orientation and Training:
My primary clinical interests concern adjustment to disease and major medical events. My core clinical training is in both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT; Benjamin). IRT has roots in interpersonal theory and emphasizes awareness and subsequent blocking of maladaptive patterns and engagement in more adaptive, goal-congruent patterns

Clinical Psychology Intern (September 2001 – August 2002)
Completed full-time APA accredited internship program. Completed required and elective rotations in psychopathology as well as managed a caseload of long-term psychotherapy patients. Rotations
Psychiatric Intake and Emergency Services
Mayview State Hospital - Special Studies Unit.
OCD and Anxiety Disorders clinic
Clinical Pathways - hospital administration rotation
Inpatient cardiology - Cardiac Pavilion, University of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian Hospital
Outpatient cardiology - Atrial Arrhythmia Center (AAC) in the University of Pittsburgh’s Comprehensive Heart Center (CHC).

Clinical Psychology Trainee (September 1994 – June 2001)

University of Utah
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

·         Inpatient/ Outpatient Practicum in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT)
·         Neuropsychological Tech and Program Coordinator   
·         Behavioral Medicine - Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation
·         Medical Consultation - Salt Lake City VA Medical Center
·         Cardiac Rehabilitation Behavioral Health Specialist         
·         Psychological Technician -Colorado Department of Corrections

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Clinical Activities (September 2002 – 2004)
Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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