John M. Ruiz, PhD
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you as a Division 38 Member-at-Large.
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona where I serve as Director of the Health Psychology Doctoral Training Track and lead diversity efforts in the department, college, and university. My program of research examines how our social lives impact our health with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanism. I also have expertise in sociocultural aspects of racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly Hispanic/Latino health.
My strong ties and commitment to Division 38/Society for Health Psychology span nearly two decades beginning with service on the student council in 1999, chairing the council (2000), serving on the Health Disparities Committee (2006-2014), and chairing the Committee for 5 years (2009-2014). Following nomination by the Division, I served on APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) from 2013-2015, including chairing CSES in 2015. Over my career I’ve helped to strengthen ties with other divisions, develop programming, facilitated scientific and public dissemination, and worked to elevate the Division within the APA stratum. I’ve also served the Division through the journal as a reviewer, editorial board member, and as co-guest editor of the April, 2016 Special Issue on Cardiovascular Health Disparities.
If elected, my overarching goals would be to foster member engagement to identify priorities, to facilitate scientific, professional, and public action, and to build coalitions within APA and across complementary professional societies in pursuit of health equity on your behalf.