Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 07:31:29 AM Wed, 3 Dec 2014 
 John M Ruiz
 Contact Information
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  john.ruiz@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-8228   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Training NIH/NHLBI R25 “PRIDE” Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research: Summer Institute on Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health Disparities San Diego State University 2012-2013
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Psychology with Health Specialty/ “Anger expression as social influence: Effects on cardiovascular reactivity and recovery, and the impact on rumination.” University of Utah 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 2002-2004
Clinical Psychology Internship Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinics University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 2001-2002
Master of Arts Clinical Psychology University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 1996
Bachelor of Arts Psychology University of California, Santa Barbara 1991
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2014PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2014PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2013PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PSYC4610003Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Spring 2010PSYC6200003Advanced Topics Seminar in Psychology1 
Fall 2011PSYC6200004Advanced Topics Seminar in Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2011PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology  
Fall 2011PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PSYC2580002Health Psychology Download Syllabus
Fall 2009PSYC4610002Abnormal Psychology303 
Fall 2009PSYC2580002Health Psychology366 
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Clinical Health Psychology
Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Cardiovascular Psychophysiology
Hispanic Health and Health Disparities Psychosocial influences on health
toggle toggle Appointments
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
toggle toggle Publications
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Adolescent sleep disparities: gender and racial/ethnic differences.
*Marczyk, K. D., Taylor, D. J., Petrie, T., Martin, S., Greenleaf, C., *Dietch, J. R., & Ruiz, J. M.
Sleep Health.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Humility and relationship outcomes in couples: the mediating role of commitment.
*Farrell, J. E., Hook, J. N., *Ramos, M., Davis, D. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Ruiz, J. M.
Couple and Family Psychology.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
The psychology of health: physical health and the role of culture and behavior in Mexican Americans.
Ruiz, J. M., Hamann, H. A., *Garcia, J. J., & Craddock Lee, S. J.
In Y. Caldera and E. Lindsey (Eds.), Handbook of Mexican American Children and Families: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge Press.
Book chapters
An interpersonal approach to religiousness and spirituality: Implications for health and well-being.
Jordan, K., Masters, K. S., *Hooker, S. A., Ruiz, J. M., Smith, T. W.
Journal of Personality, 82, 418-431.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Racial/ethnic differences in 12-month in-hospital survival and hospital utilization trends: Evidence for a Hispanic survival and recovery advantage.
Ruiz, J. M., Hamann, H. A., Lewis, S., Prather, C. C., Garcia, J. J., & Santini, N. O.
Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2, 92-102.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2014-PresentAnnals of Behavioral MedicineAssociate EditorNA
2013-PresentJournal of Latina/o PsychologyGuest EditorNA
2013-PresentJournal of Latina/o PsychologyEditorial Board 
2012-PresentAnnals of Behavioral MedicineEditorial Board 
2012-PresentHealth PsychologyEdiorial Board 
2012-2014Journal of Behavioral MedicineAssociate EditorNA
2005-2009Journal of Behavioral MedicineEditorial Boards 
toggle toggle Exhibitions
2013Does Whom You Marry Matter For Your HealthPresenterPerot Museum, Dallas 
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2014Disentangling race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status: implications for understanding and reducing health disparities.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2014Community engaged health disparities research.DIscussantAmerican Psychological Association
2014Hispanic health and health disparities: General trends and a focus on cancer.Invited SpeakerDepartment of Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2014Social vigilance and atherosclerotic risk.Invited SpeakerNIH/ OppNet
2014Stress, socioeconomic status, health: Social vigilance as a potential mediating pathway.Invited SpeakerAcademy of Behavioral Medicine Research
2014Social vigilance as a biobehavioral pathway in stress-related disparities.Invited SpeakerSociety for Psychophysiological Research
2014Latino health and health disparities: Risks, paradoxes, and resilienceInvited SpeakerDepartment of Psychology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2014Monitoring for Threats: Social Vigilance as a Biobehavioral Pathway in Stress-Related Disparities.Invited SpeakerDepartment of Psychology, Southern Methodist University
2013Socio-cultural factors and cardiometabolic health in Hispanic/Latinos: The HCHS/SOL-Sociocultural ancillary studyChairAmerican Psychosomatic Society
2013When the environment doesn't fit: Lessons learned in creating culture changeSpeakerSociety of Behavioral mediccine
2013Mentoring of early career minorities in health-related research.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2012Latino Health and Health Disparities: State-of-the-science and intervention pathways.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2011Racism and health disparities: State-of-the-science and future directions.ChairAmerican Psychological Association
2011Eliminating health disparities: An expert panel discussion on graduate training and implementation needs.SpeakerAmerican Psychological Association
2010Minority health and health disparities: State-of-the-science and intervention pathwaysChairAmerican Psychological Association
2010Minority healthChairAmerican Psychosomatic Society
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
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
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
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 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
toggle toggle  News
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

Hispanics live longer than other ethnic groups
Chronicles of Higher Education
See web

Why Hispanic Americans Live Longer
Washington Post
See Web

toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2013 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 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 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.
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2014-2015Do Hispanics have a recovery advantage in Dallas County? Racial and ethnic variations in longitudinal hospitalization usage patterns in the Parkland safety-net system.University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center$50,000Co-PIActive
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 PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2012-2014Racial 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
2009Summer Research FellowshipUniversity of North Texas$5,000Principal 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
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2009Social and Personality CompassHealth Psychology
2009-Health PsychologyHealth Psychology
2009-Psychsomatic MedicineHealth Psychology
2009-Annals of Behavioral MedicineHealth 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
2008-2009Personality and Individual DifferencesPersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-2009PsychoneuroendocrinologyCardiovascular Psychophysiology
2008-2009Personality and Social Psychology BulletinPersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-2009International Journal of Behavioral MedicinePersonality, Social relationships, health
2008-2009Journal of Consulting and Clinical PsychologyPersonality, Social relationships, health
2005-Journal 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 re presents an overview of the core topics in health psychology. The course emphasizes the biopsychosocial model of und erstanding 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/AdvisingDissertation in progress
2009-PresentMariana GarzaClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation completed
2008-PresentCourtney C. PratherClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation completed
2008-2014Lauren SmithClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPh.D. 2014
2008-2013Erin KauffmanClinical Health PsychologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingCompleted masters
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
2014American Heart AssociationExecutive Leadership Board, 2014 Denton HeartwalkCommunity 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 Associate 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 including social vigilance. 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. 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), serves on the boards of the American Psychosomatic Society, APA’s Division 38 (Health Psychology), is the chair-elect for APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES), and is a permanent 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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