Dr. Ruiz's scholarly and teaching interests are in the area of health disparities among racial, ethnic and migrant populations with a particular emphasis on Latino youths and their families. Her current research explores both macro (i.e. migration trajectories) and micro (i.e. health behavior decision making) influences on health outcomes and behaviors among Latinos. Most recently, Dr. Ruiz has studied migration as a unique macro level determinant of health and well-being among Mexican immigrants in the United States. A novel aspect of Dr. Ruiz's empirical research is the important role of the Latino family in shaping adolescent risk behavior and the ways in which Latino family life is influenced by broader contextual influences such as migration and related social determinants of health. The overarching goal of Dr. Ruiz's research program is to develop innovative mechanisms (i.e. use of community health workers, provider-parent collaborations for preventing teen risk behavior, etc.) for the delivery of empirically based targeted interventions designed to reduce health disparities among the Latino community in the United States and across Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean.
Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Purdue University, 2006
MPH, San Jose State University, 2000
B.S. in Biology, University of California Los Angeles, 1996
- Health disparities among racial ethnic and migrant populations with a particular emphasis on Latino youths and their families
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