John M. Ruiz, PhD

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Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology
(520) 621-2177

John M. Ruiz, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, part of the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) within the UA College of Science. Dr. Ruiz' research focuses on psychosocial determinants of cardiovascular disease (CVD) including significant work in racial/ethnic disparities in risk. In addition, he is interested in sociocultural aspects of racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Health Paradox.

His NIH (NHLBI)-funded research examines relationships between individual level psychosocial factors, social behaviors, and CVD risk with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanisms including stress-related processes.  In addition, he has expertise in racial/ethnic disparities in CVD risk and focal expertise in Hispanic/Latino populations.  He serves on the editorial boards of several journals (Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Latina/o Psychology), and is an elected fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR).  He also serves on the external advisory board for NIH's Science of Behavior Change effort, and is a permanent member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study section.

Dr. Ruiz received his BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  After earning his MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, he completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Specialty at the University of Utah. He completed a Clinical Psychology Internship at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a NIH/NHLBI R25 "PRIDE" Fellowship - Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research.