|Resume:||Yvonne Ruiz [DOC 55KB]|
Fall & Winter Courses
|Cat. #||Term||Course #||Title|
|2025||S2||SWK700||Human Behavior and the Social Environment|
|2026||S3||SWK700||Human Behavior and the Social Environment|
|3114||S2||SWK804||Human Behavior Theory in Child and Family Services|
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.
- 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
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- Human Diversity
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.
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,
Reading Latino literature. My favorite authors are Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Rosario Ferre, Oscar Hijuelos, and Esmeralda Santiago,