Yvonne Ruiz

Yvonne Ruiz

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 287 Lafayette-209
Phone: 978-542-7403
Email: yvonne.ruiz@salemstate.edu
Resume: Yvonne Ruiz [DOC 55KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3049 S2 SWK715 Human Diversity and Social Work Practice
3050 S3 SWK715 Human Diversity and Social Work Practice
3486 S1 SWK760 Social Work Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Families: Issues, Challenges, and Resiliency
3506 PB1 SWK722 Field Education II and Integrated Seminar II

Professional Biography

Dr. Yvonne Ruiz has a Ph.D in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (2002) from Boston College and a Master of Social Work (1994) from Boston College.  She has been in the Boston area since 1991 and has clinical experience in medical social work, community mental health, and behaviroal health.  She holds a license as an Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  Prior to her career in social work, Dr. Ruiz worked in media and advertising in New York City.  She graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a BA in English literature and in 1981 from New York University with an MA in media studies.

Professional Interests

  • Research focus is on the well-being of Latino children and families.  Dr. Ruiz has clinical experience working with Latino individuals and families in community mental health, immigration issues, school-based services, and medical settings.
  • Suicide prevention and intervention with Latino youth.
  • Cultural responsiveness with immigrant children and families
  • Board of Directors, Vice President, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Massachusetts Chapter 2011-2014


Teaching areas:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Human Diversity

Selected Publications

Ruiz, Y.  (2009). Predictors of academic achievement for Latino middle schoolers.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment,19(4), 419-433.

Ruiz, Y. (2011).  Promoting identification with school among Latino youth. The New Social Worker Magazine, 18(2), 10-12.

Selected Presentations

Ruiz, Y. (2012, June).  Suicide behavior and risk among Latino/a adolescents.  Presentation at the Youth at Risk Conference, Beverly, MA.

Ruiz, Y. & Springer, C. (2012, December).  Cultural responsiveness to suicide risk with Latino/a youth.   Presentation at It Takes a Village: Trauma Informed Responses to Suicide in  Multicultural Communities sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  Lowell, MA.

Ruiz, Y. & Mokoro, S. (2012, March).  Enhancing culturally competent field education experiences.  Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter Symposium 2012, Framingham, MA.

Ruiz, Y.  & Springer, C.  (2011, October).  Integrating content on suicide behavior among Latino/a adolescents into social work curricula.  Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Ruiz, Y. & Springer, C.  (2010, April).  Cultural competence in suicide prevention and intervention with latino/a adolescents.  Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter Symposium 2010, Framingham, MA.

Ruiz, Y.  (2009, October). SoTL: MSW students learning about cultural competency. Poster Presentation at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio,


Personal Interests

Reading Latino literature.  My favorite authors are Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Rosario Ferre, Oscar Hijuelos, and Esmeralda Santiago,

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