Andrea L. Ruiz

Andrea L. Ruiz
EDUCATION

2018 PhD in Sociology – The Pennsylvania State University
2013 M.S. in Sociology – University of Texas – San Antonio
2009 B.A. in Sociology – University of Texas – San Antonio


PUBLICATIONS

1. Ruiz, Andrea L., John P. Bartkowski, Christopher G. Ellison, Gabriel A. Acevedo,
and Xiaohe Xu. 2017. “Religion and Gender Ideologies among Working-Age U.S.
Latinos.” Religions, 8(121). DOI:10.3390/rel8070121

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

3. 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: Springer.

4. Wada-Ramos, Aida, Gabriel A. Acevedo & Andrea L. Ruiz. “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

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


MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

1. 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

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

2. 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

2017 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion – Washington, DC
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Role of Religiosity in the Association between Physical and Emotional Childhood Abuse and Adult Physical Health Later in Life."

2017 Association for the Sociology of Religion – Montreal, Canada
Ruiz, Andrea L. “The Noxious Effects of Childhood Abuse on Mental Health over the Life-Course – The Stress Buffering Effects of Religiosity.”

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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Curriculum Vitae

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Dissertation:

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

Dissertation Chair(s):

David Johnson, PhD

Research Interests:

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