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The Global Team

Adeline (Adey) Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Adey Nyamathi is the associate dean for international research and scholarly activities.

She currently holds the Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Health Research at the UCLA School of Nursing.

Dr. Nyamathi received her Masters of Science in Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner training at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her doctorate in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She was first appointed to the UCLA School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in 1984. 

Dr Nyamathi has led an impressive team of multidisciplinary investigators as Principal Investigator (PI) of nine NIH-funded RO1s, as well as a number of other NIH grants, or nearly three decades. Her research has been focused on providing culturally-sensitive intervention programs to homeless and drug-addicted populations at risk for HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis infections. Dr Nyamathi is also a Director of the NIDA-funded Ruth Kirschstein T-32 Pre-Post Doctoral Fellowship and the HRSA Vulnerable Populations Training grant. She co-leads the first and facilitates academic programs for visitors globally.

Dr Nyamathi travels abroad extensively in her academic position and is also PI on additional studies based in India.

Dr. Nyamathi has been a leader in serving as a mentor for scholars globally, including teaching Global Health elevtive courses with Dr. Cavlish. Dr. Nyamathi has disseminated more than 200 published works nationally and internationally. She has received numerous honors and awards including Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing and the Western Academy of Nursing; the Sigma Theta Tau Gamma tau Excellence in Research Award, the Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Lecturer, the Philip Y. Hahn Lecturer, University of San Diego and the Distinguished UCLA Wellness Lecturer Award.

Maria Elena Ruiz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz is Director of International Scholarly Activities and Coordinator for the Latin America-Cuba programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing.

She is an Affiliate Faculty with the Latin American Institute and Chicano Studies Research Center (Associate Director from 2010-2012).

Dr. Ruiz received her Diploma in Nursing from the LAC+USC School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelors and Masters degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from UCSF, along with a minor in Cross Cultural Health Care   Dr. Ruiz earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Southern California, with a focus on medical sociology and social epidemiology.  She also completed
Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Ruiz taught at USC, and at the Oregon Health and Sciences University, where she also completed a 2-year program in Clinical Research Trials.  Her clinical and teaching is centered on global public health issues and primary care, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations in underserved urban and rural communities.

Dr. Ruiz has over 25 years experience as a teacher, clinician, and researcher.
Her research and teaching integrates a multidisciplinary approach, interweaving nursing, medicine, language/culture, and the behavioral sciences.  She is internationally recognized for her Community Based Participatory Research focus, including the changing face of familismo, aging, and caregiving issues, homelessness, violence and farmworkers, and issues faced by Hispanic nurses.   She has received several awards for her Spanish language/Latino culture programs, research on aging minorities (her multidisciplinary dissertation on Asian and Latino elders received an award from APHA), her clinical work in high risk communities, her teaching, and mentoring of underrepresented students.  Most recently, Dr. Ruiz is well recognized for her national and international work in Mexico and Cuba.

You may contact Dr. Ruiz for information on the Latin America-Cuba programs and other for international activities:

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