Andrea L. Ruiz

Andrea L. Ruiz
EDUCATION
2017: PhD, Sociology, Penn State University
2013: Master of Science, Sociology, UT - San Antonio
2009: Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, UT - San Antonio


PUBLICATIONS
Ellison, Christopher, Xiaohe Xu, & Andrea L. Ruiz. “Exploring the Effects of Fertility Change on Religiosity in the 21st Century: A Cross-National Analysis,” in Low Fertility Regimes and Demographic and Societal Change. Dudley L. Poston, Samsik Lee and Hangon Kim (Eds.). 2016 Forthcoming. New York, NY: Springer Publishers.

Ruiz, Andrea L. & Gabriel A. Acevedo. 2014. “True Believers? Religion, Physiology and Perceived Body Weight in Texas.” Journal of Religion and Health, 54(4):1221-1237.

Wada-Ramos, Aida, Gabriel A. Acevedo & Andrea L. Ruiz. 2016. “Body Weight Perceptions among Texas Women: The Effects of Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Nativity Status.” Review of Religious Research. DOI 10.1007/s13644-016-0249-2


REVISE AND RESUBMIT
Ellison, Christopher G., Andrea L. Ruiz, John P. Bartkowski, Xiaohe Xu, & Gabriel A. Acevedo. 2014 “Religion and Gender Ideologies among Working-Age Latinos.” Under review at Journal of Scientific Study of Religion.


MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW
Adler, Gary & Andrea L. Ruiz. “Behind the Trip: The Local Organization and Differential Production of International Short-term Mission Travel by U.S. Congregations.”

Ruiz, Andrea L. “Who Helps? The Effects of Exchange, Culture, and Personal Resources on Congregational Support Provision.”

Shah, Sarah, Gabriel A. Acevedo, & Andrea L. Ruiz. “Contextualizing Events in Imagined Communities: Pre- and Post-September 11th Egyptian Attitudes toward Non-Arabs and Jews.”


RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Interpersonal Relationships: The Moderating Effects of Religion.”

Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Effects of Emotional and Physical Child Abuse on Chronic Illness Later in Life: The Role of Psychological Distress as a Mediator.”


PRESENTATIONS
2016 Population Health Conference – Pennsylvania State University
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Noxious Effects of Childhood Abuse on Physical Health Over the Life-Course – The Role of Religious Change.”

2016 American Sociological Association – Seattle, Washington
Ruiz, Andrea L. “Childhood Abuse, Chronic Illness and Psychopathology.”

2016 American Society for the Sociology of Religion – Seattle, Washington
Ruiz, Andrea L. Childhood Abuse and Chronic Illness: The Role of Religion.”

2016 American Society for the Sociology of Religion – Seattle, Washington
Adler, Gary, Andrea L. Ruiz & Jane Lankes. “The Religious Imagination of Adult Americans: Patterns of Change in the GSS.”

2015 American Sociological Association – Chicago, Illinois
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Interpersonal Relationships: The Role of Religious Change over the Life Course.”

2015 Southern Sociological Society – New Orleans, Louisiana
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Interpersonal Relationships: The Effects of Religion.”

2014 Society for the Sociological Study of Religion – Indianapolis, Indiana
Acevedo, Gabriel, A. & Andrea L. Ruiz. “Religion, Demography, and Lifestyle Behaviors as Predictors of Psychosomatic Distress: Findings from a Sample of Texas Adults.”

2014 American Sociological Association – San Francisco, California
Ruiz, Andrea L. “Rational or Emotional? Church-Based Support Exchanges among Congregational Members.”

2014 American Society for the Sociology of Religion - San Francisco, California
Bucior, Christine & Andrea L. Ruiz. “The Culture of Life” and Perceptions of Death: Examining Differences among Mexican, Polish, and American Catholics.”

2013 Society for the Sociological Study of Religion – Boston, Massachusetts
Shah, Sarah, Gabriel A. Acevedo & Andrea L. Ruiz. “Egyptian Nationalism Pre and Post-9/11: An Imagined Communities Perspective.”

2013 American Sociological Association – New York, New York
Ruiz, Andrea L. & Gabriel A. Acevedo. “How Religion and Physiology Influence Self-Reported Overweightness Among Men and Women in Texas.”

2013 Association for the Sociology of Religion – New York, New York
Ruiz, Andrea L. 2013. “Who Helps? The Effects of Exchange, Culture, and Personal Resources on Congregational Support Provision.”

2013 Department of Sociology Symposium – University of Texas at San Antonio
Ruiz, Andrea L. & Gabriel A. Acevedo. “How Religion and Physiology Influence Self-Reported Overweightness Among Men and Women in Texas.”

2012 Association for the Sociology of Religion – Denver, Colorado
Ruiz, Andrea L., Gabriel Acevedo, Chris Ellison & Xiaohe Xu. “Religion, Race, & Volunteerism in Texas.”

2012 Southern Sociological Society – New Orleans, Louisiana
Ruiz, Andrea L. & Christopher G. Ellison. “Traditional Gender Role Ideologies among U.S. Latinos.”

2012 Department of Sociology Symposium – University of Texas at San Antonio
Ruiz, Andrea L. & Christopher G. Ellison. “Traditional Gender Role Ideologies among U.S. Latinos.”




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Biography:

I am a PhD Candidate (ABD) at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Broadly, my research areas include: (1) childhood abuse, (2) physical and mental health, (3) aging and the life-course, (4) quantitative methodology, and (5) religion.

My current research examines physical and psychological health over the life-course while examining the role of childhood adversity and trauma -- topics I am very passionate about. The physical and mental health implications of poverty and abuse are something I grew up around in South Texas and I hope that my research can help make a difference.

Dissertation:

The Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Phsychological, Physiological, and Interpersonal Functioning Over the Life-Course

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. David Johnson

Research Interests:

Health, Mental Health, Child Maltreatment, Religion, Life-course, Quantitative Methodology