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Maria Elena Ruiz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Associate Director Chicano Studies Research Center

E-mail: mruiz@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Health disparities, aging, and intergenerational relations; homeless & Latino (funded). Particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, Latinos, social epidemiology, and the intersection of place, culture, language, and health. Special focus on community based participatory research and mixed qualitative and quantitative designs.
Clinical: Family Health, Advanced Practice, Community/Public Health

Courses

N 439B, N109
N439C, N171 (W11)
N171, N439D (Sp11)

Professional Activities

2010-Present Associate Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
2010-2010 Elected Board Member, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
2008 - Present Lifeworks Organization (Mental Health Services), Executive Board Member, Oregon
2007-2009 National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Oregon, President
2004 - 2006 National Association of Hispanic Nurses National Office, Board of Directors
2008 - Present Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Executive Board Member
1998 - 1999 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), Conference Planning Committee

Education

Cal State Los Angeles, BA, 1974, Sociology Minor: Education
LAC+USC School of Nursing, RN Diploma, 1979, Nursing
University of California San Francisco, BS, 1986, Nursing
University of California San Francisco, MS, 1988, Nursing, Family Health (FNP Certificate) Minor: Cross Culture
University of Southern California, MA, 2000, Sociology
University of Southern California, PhD, 2006, Sociology

Honors and Awards

2007 Nominee, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory
Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for 2020
2007 - 2008 Selected Leadership Fellow, American Leadership Forum of Oregon, fellowship
funded by the Northwest Health Foundation, OR
2008 Award: Betty J. Cleckley Minority Research Award "Latino Elders: Is Familismo
Alive & Well?" American Public Health Association, Gerontology Health Section Award for research on minority elders
2009 Robert Wood Johnson, New Connections Symposium, selected Junior Faculty
participant
2009 Nominee Excellence in Teaching Award, Statewide Masters Public Health
Program, Oregon
2009 Finalist Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, for Innovation and integration of
Cultural Competency in Distance Education
2010 Robert Wood Johnson, New Connections Symposium, selected Junior Faculty
participant
2010 Nurse of the Year Award, National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Publications


Since UCLA Appointment

Peer Reviewed Papers (*indicates data-based):
1. Ruiz, M.E., & Ransford, H. E. (In Press, 2012). Latino Elders Reframing Familismo: Implications for Health and Caregiving. Journal of Cultural Diversity.
2. Galvez, G., Mankowski, E.S., McGlade, M.S., Ruiz, M.E., & Glass, N (2011). Work-related intimate partner violence among employed immigrants from Mexico. Journal of Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 12(3), 230-246.
3. Wros, P., Doutrich, D., & Ruiz, M.E. (2009). The Wisdom of Hispanic Nurses: Ethical Concerns and Moral Conflicts in Practice. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 16(4), 151-9.

Book Chapters or Monographs
1. Ruiz, M.E. (2012). Essential Health Benefits for Latinos, Position Statement (Lead author). The National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
2. Ruiz, M.E. (2011). How do we make the profession as diverse as the population for which it cares? No easy answers to questions about increasing diversity in nursing. In The power of ten 2011-2013: Nurse leaders address the profession's ten most pressing issues, pp. 15-16. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
3. Ruiz, M.E. (Winter 2010). Health for All: L.A. & the U.S. Mexico Border-Public Health Matters. LA NAHN CONNEXION, Newsletter of the Los Angeles Chapter, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, pp. 3-4.

Prior to UCLA Appointment

Peer Reviewed Papers (*indicates data-based):
1. Ruiz, M.E. (2007). Familismo and Filial Piety among Latino and Asian elders: Reevaluating family and social support. International Journal of Hispanic Nurses, 5(2), 37-46.
2. Doutrich, D., Wros, P., Valdez, R., & Ruiz, M.E. (2005). Professional Values of Hispanic Nurses: The experience of Hispanic nurses. International Journal of Hispanic Nurses, 3(3), 161-170.
3. Ruiz, M.E. (1995). Collaborative Learning & Diversity: Nursing a Multicultural Classroom. Available on-line: www.center for excellence.usc.edu
4. Hoppenbrouwers, T., Geidel, S., Ruiz, M.E., & Judson, L. (1982). Electronic sleep monitoring in the newborn and young infant: Technical guidelines. In C. Guilleminault, MD (Ed.), Sleeping and Waking Disorders, (pp. 61-98). Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.

Abstracts
1. Hodgman, J.E., Hoppenbrouwers, T., Cabal, L. Ruiz, M.E., & Chavez, A. (1984). Respiratory and cardiac patterns in healthy premature infants after the first week. Western Pediatrics Perinatology (abstracts).
2. Hoppenbrouwers, T., Ruiz, M.E., Hodgman, J.E., & Cabal, L. (1984). Quiet sleep respiratory rate in normal premature. Western Pediatrics Perinatology (abstract).

Book Chapters or Monographs
1. Ruiz, M.E. & Moynahan, G. (1995). Pediatric asthma care guidelines. In E. Androwich & L. Burkhard (Eds.), Plans of care for specialty practice: A nursing diagnosis approach. Albany, NY: Del Mar.
2. Ruiz, M.E. (1995). Collaborative Learning & Diversity: Nursing a Multicultural Classroom. Available on-line: www.center for excellence.usc.edu

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